June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
9 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.)

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  1. Michigan Voter !!!

    Hillary Holds The Keys To The White House !!!!! . She has The Most Support ( Popular Vote ) The True Will Of The People !!!!

    We Have Witnessed The Obama Campaign , The DNC , And The Media Stealing The Nomination Form Hillary . Hillary is A Fighter , And So Are Her Supporters . We Will Right This Wrong , We Will Support Sen. John McCain .

    McCain Is Going To Be Our Next President !!!!! .

    And Democrats Like Me Are Going To Make Sure .

    Obama , And The Pool Of Racist Anti – American Radicals He Swims With , Never get into Our White House .

    Hillary , Or John McCain 2008

    June 1, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Ty

    Because she will say anything and do anything to brainwash these people who shouldn't even be voting in this primary process anyway.

    June 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Sally from Cali

    Hillary's selfish pursuit of the Democratic nomination will be remembered as a divisive attempt to bully her way into the candidacy.

    Will her legacy include being responsible for a Bush 3rd term.

    June 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. NickNas

    WOW she Won a Stat… errrr Territory that means absolutly NOTHING in the General Election but she will Spin this into THE reason why she is more Electable…NOT like when she lost 11 straight STATES!!!!

    I am so happy she is out of this in a few days.

    June 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Tim

    Who cares?

    It's time for this woman to get out of the race. The DNC has stripped itself of what little dignity or power it had by allowing Hillary to bully them into allowing Florida and Michigan delegates. The woman is not only a blight on the Democratic party, but the political process altogether.

    Once Obama is named the candidate, let's hope and pray Hillary and Bill disappear, and are never heard from again. But this country will never be that lucky.

    As for you ridiculous crybaby Clinton supporters who claim you'll vote for McCain, think this one through: 47% of this country says it cannot stand Hillary Clinton. Do you really think that's going to change after the way she has handled this primary? Do you really think that's going to change after the way her supporters have behaved?

    Half of this country will always be disgusted at the prospect of Hillary Clinton ever stepping foot into the White House again. That's today...tomorrow...and yes, four years from now.

    She needs to disappear.

    June 1, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. king from toronto

    now u see why obama is winning.she spends 7 days, wasting all her money and time in a place that dose"nt vote in the GE.with 2 days to go.mean while obama cris crossin SD and MONTANA.which he's most likeky to win them both.

    June 1, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Matt Murray, Lake Oswego, OR

    I grew up in a strong republican household, have previsuely voted rebublican ( never for current George) and have been more excited than since the 60's to have Obama as a candidate. I am excited to just have the hope to be proud to be an Amercian again, the hope of meaningful change. However, this past 12 – 24 hours and how the Clinton camp has discussed the DNC compromise yesterday is discoraging me so much....I may go to McCain to support a more unified party. Ikles and MacAuffrie have just done peramant damage to the democrats best chance to win the general election. Tragic for America, The Clintons repuation and the democratic party....

    June 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. s.b.

    No its bevcause PR has been insulated from the completely biased coverage of the primary season in favour if Obama and they have chosen the strongest candidate for Nov., and the best candidate for the Democratic Party. The media wasn't able to ram an unelectable candidate down their throats because of the language difference.

    June 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Morgan

    The low turnout will not help her popular vote arguement. She needs to start working on having her supporters support Obama and stop the threats of voting for McCain or not voting. She wants to ignore the will of the delegates which represents all the voters not just primaries. The person with the most delegates is Obama. I'm sorry Clinton wants to disenfranchise caucus voters and Michigan voters that would have voted for Obama with her arguments as of late. Seriously does she think 0 Michigan people support Obama? How would that represent the will of the people? Any who, congrats to Clinton for PR victory, but the war is almost over. When it is and you lose follow your word and get your supporters behind Obama without strings attached!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Tom

    Hillary Clinton: Riding the coattails of her husband.

    June 1, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Alda


    The DNC voted for Obama to become our nominee. They did not care about the voters. HIllary Clinton has own the popular vote and superdelegates should follow popular vote if they want to have a chance in November but I suspect they will not. In which case I will vote for Hillary by simply crossing out Obama and putting in HIllary.

    June 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Parisa

    This is rediculous why is this insane argument about Hilary winning all these votes in Michigan and Obama winning none getting airtime. This is crazy.........THE STATE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO COUNT, OBAMA was not a choice on the ballat!!!!!! Are they CRAZY????People voted for Hillary as perhapse their first choice or their second choice and many who may have wanted to come out to vote for Obama didnt come out at all.....in either case she is lucky she got any of the votes because the results are not accurate! Play by the rules.....clearly they don't know how with her sense of entitlement. This is not about democracy this is about how they can win...whether fair or not. Also she is the former first lady so she has a lot of name recognition and because he didnt campain there people would be less likely to know much about him. They are unable to comprimise and are continually complaining!!!! Accept reality and move on. As this process goes on I am getting more and more frustrated with this suspention of reality and spin!!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. James Carville


    Hispanics and Blacks have historically been antagonistic to one another.

    In most Latin American countries, the darker your skin, the lower your social status. Everyone in Mexico is of "Spanish Descent" right?

    I once accidently insulted a Costa Rican friend of mine by saying he had a very Mayan nose. I thought it was a compliment, but you'd think I called him the "N" word. He was of all Spanish blood he said, although I doubt it is true.

    My Mexican friend Gloria told me once, "Personas Negras no est bueno!".

    So DUH! the White Lady wins the Hispanic island and the Black guy (he is HALF WHITE, though) does not do well.

    RACE. It is as simple as that. And Hispanics are far more racist than many "whites" when it comes to black folks.

    Don't believe me? Ask any black person.

    June 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. KE

    Keep on and keeping on!!!!!!!

    Thank you Puerto Rico!

    June 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Bernard Shelton

    Bill Schneider has not asked the most significant question.
    I am a black man who lived in Puerto Rico for twp years. I will tell you this. If BO was white it would be different. I am a physician and I know that the black /white divide is GREATER than you would ever imagine.

    June 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. commentspage

    Clinton never gives up! She is my hero! Thank you and go full way to White House!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Dan (TX)

    Name recognition only – definitely not "experience". Oh, and lot's of cerveza doesn't hurt either! 🙂

    June 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Female Obama Supporter in Texas

    Well we are going to hear Hillary crow about this "big win" for weeks...she is in the lead in popular votes if you DON'T count caucus states...she leads if your DO count Puerto Rico's popular vote which DOESN'T get to vote in the GE..she leads if you give Obama NOTHING in Michigan...oh but wait she wants ALL the votes counted...I'm so confused.

    Popular votes don't get her the nomination and these Puerto Rican votes get her ZERO in a GE.

    Note to Hillary, for the love of God keep that stomach covered up. We don't want to see your blouse flapping around and exposing that big old belley and those hips.

    June 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. NoHitwomanHillaryOnVpTicket

    She won big there because there has been major racial tension between blacks and hispanics.... sad though, since I dont think Puerto Ricans realize that they have African blood. Ok.... learn your history and stop literally Hating Yourselves.

    June 1, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. LAW

    This is off topic, but I just did some math:

    The New Orleans murder rate for 2007 = 71 per 100,000 people.
    (209 murders for a city of 295,450 people in 2007)

    Iraq’s 2007 population = 27,500,000.

    71/100,000 X 27,500,000 = 19,525. (or 1,627 per month)

    So, if bloody Iraq was a bad as bloody New Orleans, they would have had 19,525 murders last year alone. By the way, the National Guard is still patrolling certain areas in New Orleans, and the city is pleading to keep them here.

    Is this now the time to let Iraq fall flat on its face and hand over the country to competing factions, add great disruption to oil supplies, encourage Iran, and embolden terrorists for which we are sure to pay a terribly high price in lives?

    June 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Thomas for Hillary

    Chi4Obama, keep talking about Hillary and putting her down, you and the rest of the Obama nuts are really making us want to join in support of Obama. You Obama supporters really just don't get it!

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Christina Ivazes

    This is amazing! It is obvious from anyone who can count that Hillary wins in the states that she spends the most time as does Barack! And, if you see this as a measure of popularity and America's familiarity with Hillary and Bill, it is quite a statement that Barack's huge and highly competitive numbers state that the numbers are in his favor, without a doubt.

    Why isn't Hillary sweeping the nomination if she is so electable over McCain? When Barack shows up, he gets the votes. Hillary was in Puerto Rico 14 days to Obama's 1 day. We all know that if he was in PR 14 days, the numbers would have been different and possibly in his favor.

    The other point that infuriates me as a white, female voter , is that the Hillary Camp wants to change the rules of the game mid-stream to make her the winner now.

    Barack Obama is playing by the original agreement and terms of the primary election! What does this say about each of these candidates? Regardless of my gender or skin color or party affiliation, I would rather align myself with the candidate who maintains the integrity to stick to their agreements, without trying to manipulate the numbers in their favor after the fact.

    Christina Ivazes

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. ann

    i would not vote for hilary clinton. she plays a dirty game in my book.
    bill in my book will not help her win. they lies like hell in plain words .
    nothing will get done with her in office . i hope the peole start waking up to the clintons . give a younger person a chance in office . i'm a older woman going for obama. no more clintons or bushes please

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Emmanuel of Boston

    This was expected anyways. The real question is; other than a shsameless face saving propaganda, what is there for the Clintons as far as the Democratic Primary is concerned? The real answer is: Nothing. She cannot win the nomination by any means civil, she blew her chances of being the running mate with her divisive politics powered by self-seeking Ickes and Wolfson and McCaullife, she even blew the chances of a potential run for any office by Chelsea. Even a 100% win will do anything but change the ordained destiny of this Country.

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Mark in Colorado

    These votes were bought when Bill Clinton pardoned the terrorist Puerto Rican nationals that planted bombs in NYC in the 70's. Surprise surprise.

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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