June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Schneider: How did Clinton win big?

(CNN) – CNN has projected that Hillary Clinton will win big in Puerto Rico. Why did she do so well there?

Two of the key reasons are her strong performance among those voters who favor statehood for Puerto Rico and her husband's popularity on the island.

According to CNN's exit polls, 60 percent of Puerto Ricans who participated in the primary favor statehood, and Clinton won 82 percent of those voters. Neither Clinton or Barack Obama have directly said they favor statehood for the island, but Clinton said earlier this week she thinks Puerto Ricans should be able to vote in the general election.

Bill Clinton's overwhelming popularity in Puerto Rico also gave the New York senator a boost. Just over 80 percent said they had a favorable view of the former president, and those voters went for Clinton by a 56 point margin, 78 percent to 22 percent. (Among the 15 percent who hold an unfavorable opinion of Bill Clinton, 76 percent voted for Obama.)


Filed under: Exit Polls • Schneider analysis
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. JB from NH

    Could her behind look any bigger in that photo?

    June 1, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. lol

    she is the stronger candidate, that is how she won. obama will be added to the loser list of mondale, dukakis, kerry, and gore.

    June 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. the Lorax

    She absolutely does not have the true will of the people. She is far too caustic and polarizing to unite the electorate in November. The truth is Obama is charismatic and thats what most people go for. But no one wants to consider the fact that he might also have good judgment

    June 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. JODBEA

    i cant wait to see john mcclain beat obama, i like most sensible democrates will vote mccain before i ever vote obama. our country is messed up enough with out putting him in office.

    June 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Obalegerwright

    Just when you thought that it was getting crowded under that bus, Obalegerwright, has just thrown his whole church under the bus. He will do anything to win the Presidency, and I mean anything. Wonder how that will set with all those black people who were jumping up and down and cheering when Wright and Pfleger were putting down white people, this country and especially Hillary Clinton? He might lose the black vote when they realize he was using them to get to point A. He knows they (a mere 12%) cannot carry him to the White House. Wonder how Oprah feels, now that her popularity is waning? Loyality is not his forte! Anything to win is now evident, is it not?

    June 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. oscar

    Sen. Clinton has the popular vote and is the candidate who should be the nominee to run against McCain, she is stronger then Senator Obama and besides America doesn't want him in the white house he has to many radicals in his llife , we don't need them telling him what to do

    June 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. troy

    Latinos are racist – hard to believe, but very much true – I know this from very personal experience

    June 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Johnnyreb

    nice sexist comment there, bill schneider.

    sure, hillary won PR because of her husband. Feh.

    get over yourselves, pundits.

    Hillary just smacked down the so-called front-runner, big-time. Again.

    Add up those popular votes lately, have you? Yeah, they were all because of her hubby, were they not?

    why not talk about her makeup and hairstyle? why not make fun of her like Pfleger did?

    She's showing you all up for the fools you are.

    June 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Karen, TX

    This is the way she would run the White House as well (letting Bill run it). He needs to take her to the side and deactivate her to understand that she will not and can not win.

    Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. troy

    too bad Puerto Rico's opinion is completely irrelevant eh?

    June 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Glad to be an Independent

    Impressive win for Clinton. Alda, the DNC did not give Obama the momination, he won it. Clinton is not ahead in the popular vote. If you count the votes in primaries, Michigan as well as caucus states then Obama is ahead. That is the true measure of the popular vote. You can not conveniently leave out caucus states and Michigan voters. If Michigan was a real primary then most of the uncommitted vote was for Obama.
    Clinton math only works if you discount voters. I thought the hole exercise this weekend was to count voters.

    June 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Joan

    Of course she wants Puerto Rico in the GE. She'd want North Korea and Iran in the GE if she thought it would go her way. It's those pesky states that vote for Obama that she would rather not have to deal with.

    June 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. California for Obama

    Clinton can't win the GE, she CAN'T win the primaries-SHE CAN'T WIN. It took three Clinton's to campaign in Puerto Rico and she still didn't accomplish what she wanted. She is such a loser....

    June 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. MI Women 4 Obama!

    The last two will wrap it up for Obama!

    Wow, the news just reported that they voting turn out in PR is typically about 80%, but today only about 20% turned out to vote. What does that say???? It says they are not able to vote in the GE and that most of the people realize it doesn't really matter so why not just go to the beach! Ha Ha Ha.....

    Barack Obama 08/12!

    June 1, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. lexel

    This article actually puts a damp on the credibility of HILLARY Clinton winning the popular vote. As indicated by the stats above, the Puerto Ricans voted Hillary due to former president Bill Clinton's favorable review or as we coin it "popularity". It does render a clouded perception of what "popularity vote" really implies. It outlined further that it was "mere" popularity and not Hillarys's capability to be a great leader that gave her the popular vote. For this reason alone, I don't think the "popular vote" argument will weigh a lot among the superdelegates. Hillary's edge on electability would also be placed in question as the majority of the American population will weigh in more on the issues which makes Obama more electable over McCain when Hillary's name is not on the ballot.

    June 1, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Tim

    It's time the DNC dumped the wretch. She's spit in their face consistently throughout the primaries. She agreed to no delegates from Florida and Michigan, then played the simpleton voters there against the DNC. She did the same thing in Puerto Rico...playing off the foolish hearts of the uneducated.

    The DNC, for some ungodly reason, bowed to her by even allowing the Florida and Michigan votes. (A move that has completely stripped the DNC of any authority for future primaries.) And she's still complaining and refusing to accept their olive branch.

    Dump the wretched woman. And don't allow her to run as a Democrat ever again.

    June 1, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Bill

    She won big because she's the better candidate. And for those who think it's over, just wait 'till the Michelle Obama "Whitey" tape comes out . . . it's a doozy.

    June 1, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Bob, Oregon

    She won 70 percent of female voters, 77 percent of those over 65, 69 percent who did not attend college, and 71 percent of voters with an income of $15,000 or less.

    NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

    June 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Obalegerwright

    Write Hillary Clinton on your ballot in November. We can by word of mouth and the internet elect her president. If Every Hillary supporter who can will write her name on their ballot in November we can show the DNC and the superdelegates what we think of their form of democracy.

    June 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Linda of Atlanta

    Hillary Clinton won because Bill Clinton was a very popular President in Puerto Rico. And let us not forget, the Clinton family stalked the Island for days on end.
    As Donna Brasille (sp), in talking about what her Mama told her, said yesterday, "when you try to change the rules in the middle or at the end of the game, that's cheating". If you guys want to applaud that, do so. I, however, don't think that is a good recommendation for Clinton to become POTUS. And "change the rules" is all she is advocating and the only way she can win this nomination. It would be good to hear you report the truth of the details occasionally.

    June 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. someone

    Hey look, a cartel!

    what?

    oh, hi hillary

    June 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Puerto Rican

    For all of those uninformed delusional posters:

    As a Puerto Rican I can tell you there is no science to it. Puerto Ricans are every bit as racist as West Virginians are. Even Puerto Ricans darker than Barack Obama hold ignorant views of blacks. I do not share these values, however, these are the views of the majority of my Puerto Rican family and friends... once again, even those that are darker themselves, than Barack Obama.

    June 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Harry C

    Who Cares! What they do on the Island means totally nothing! Go Home Clinton... This is Obama's candidacy.. Go Obama!

    June 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Independent white woman for Obama

    They went with Clinton the name brand. Period.

    June 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Brian

    I cant wait to hear Hillary add this to her list of big 'states'.

    June 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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