June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. Ray Morgan

    It amazes me that some of you think that somehow this is Obama's fault that Hillary is losing. She ran a bad campaign in the beginning of the primary season, lost Iowa and never caught up. This was her nomination to lose and she lost it. Winning the popular vote does not mean anything in the primaries or the general election, ask Al Gore. If the roles were reversed just about everyone that support Clinton would have been screaming at the top of their lungs for Obama to get out of the race and anyone who doesn't believe that is not living in the real world.

    June 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. adam

    Barack keep loosing.
    He is getting realy good at it. How can you support this looser?!
    If we have several more primaries to go he would be big time behind.

    Mr. Obama – do favor to America – DROP OUT and let Clinton's save this country.

    HILLARY 2008

    June 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Alexis

    Donna Brazile is my Hero she had the best comments yesterday at the DNC meeting she inspires me as a woman not HRC go figure.

    June 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. anybody but mac

    Obama can't win!~ WE HAVE TO GIVE THE NOMINATION TO HILLARY !!!

    June 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. CanadianforObama

    Hillary Alias : Miss CHANGE THE RULES TILL I WIN!

    June 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    I just watched Obama and wasted my time. I heard nothing except George Bushes name will not be on the ballot. Fired up and ready to go, which I did find out he stole from a lady in SC. some little town there. That was the extent of this speech, and I ask myself, what in Gods name is he doing even running for President? Of course I heard the MLKs , the urgency of now. Does he ever give a speach without that reference?

    June 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. California for Obama

    To Michigan Voter -PLEASE TAKE YOUR VOTE AND GIVE IT TO McCAIN. You are not a democrat anyway. This time next year you won't even have a computer to type on. It serves you right! You racist.

    June 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Ruth

    Hillary want to steal the primary she wants to steal the delegates of Obama she's crying huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhh i won more popular vote than she already knows that popular never count in the general election huuuuuuuuuuu i will be the nominee, i'm a stronger candidate i hate her cause she's not correct with herself she's unfavorable, she can even beat Obama in the Primary how she will can beat MCcain in the genral election this disgusting and the last point is she never said she wants to unify i can't vot for a candidate who don't know nothing in union she wants to fight and to go to the convention i hate more and more if she gets the nomination i will turn my vote against her i will vote for MCcain cause i can understand why she leads in the popular and why she can be the nominee never Hillary you are a selfish, a witch you will never have what you want period. Obama 08 all the way CNN please post this YES HE CAN AND YES WE CAN

    June 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Alexis

    @MC oh get off it Barack Obama played by the rules set by the DNC in Fl and Mich why didnt you all take to the streets in the MONTHS leading up to the primary when you all were being told by HRC your candidate that votes in those states WOULD NOT count her words not mine?????????? Nobody has given an answe to that question yet? What about the millions of people who believed the DNC and did NOT come out in vote in primaries that they were told would NOT count??? As they stated several times yesterday Barack is NOT to blame for any of this mess in Fl and or Mich.

    June 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Brian

    Puerto Ricans can ONLY vote in November if they become a state which they are not! Appears to be another way of Clinton trying to change the rules in the November election.

    June 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Michael

    "king from toronto" You obviously aren't a very observant person.

    Since 1988 (i did not research further back) SD has always voted republican. Since 1988, Wyoming has voted democrat Once, in 1992.

    This is the reality the obama twits ignore. Hillary has been taking swing and democratic states. Mr. Racistboy on the other hand has been taking republican states. In other words, states which will go to McCain in November.

    That is why Hillary is the candidate of choice. She can win. Racistboy can't.

    June 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Marie

    oH GOOD GRIEF! So Hillary won and CNN's first reaction is to "find an explanation." And then, credit her husband! You people MUST be getting paid by the Obama campaign... you must....

    June 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. OBAMA WILL LOSE IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

    HILLARY HAS ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN THIS CAMPAIGN, FOR US TO COUNT HER OUT NOW WOULD BE RIDICULOUS!

    I WOULD SAY THAT OBAMA HAS A REAL PROBLEM IF HE GETS NOMINATED!

    A LOT OF DISILLUSIONED HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND HIS SCANDAL MAKE FOR A ROUGH ROAD!

    HILLARY DESERVES RESPECT AND DESERVES TO BE NOMINATED!
    SHE SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WOMEN!

    SHE IS TO ME AND MY TWO DAUGHTERS!!!!!!
    CONGRATS HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. right in pa

    A vote for obama is a vote for HAMAS

    June 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. A.J. in Fla

    As most media talking heads do not have any idea at all of what is going on most of the time other than what they make up, you Mr. Schneider you are the most ridiculous pronosticator. You have no idea what-so-ever which are the real reasons that gave Mrs. Clinton such a VICTORY in Puerto Rico nor you will have the courage to tell it, should you knew why...!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. K

    Funny how Obamaniacs don't count votes that are for Clinton. You are a sad pathetic group of people. Saying PR doesn't matter is arrogant, rude and disrespectful. Obviously, Democrats care about PR or they wouldn't allow them to vote in the primary. Obama's supporters show who he truly is. He will lose in November and then you can whine, cry and blame it on the Clintons yet again.

    June 1, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Mary Sue

    I can't wait for Tuesday and the rest of the week when the primaries end and the SDs finally seal the nomination. I, for one, will be glad to see the end of the Democratic race.

    June 1, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Karen Poore

    Michigan and the rest of you ...
    Open your eyes PLEASE.
    If we must settle for Hillary that is fine because we should be voting ultimately for the Democratic party.
    Please no Bush number three ... smarten up you guys!
    Hillary is, also, old politics you know ...

    GO OBAMA!

    June 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Craig A Texas Democrat

    Old Politics and the death of a machine that people thought would triumph over a no one from Illinois. People counted Barrack out months ago. They said he would lose to Hillary and the nomination would be hers in January. People have been turning a shoulder to Obama all through this election because he is a Well educated worldy experienced man. Im so proud of Americans who have recognized his potential and supported him and realized that we need to change our look towards the world and how people from other countries percieve us. Dems dont pay attention to the Hate comments in these blogs cause they are coming from hate republicans who are scared we will Be in the white house come January. We democrats are strong and Fl and Mi voters were included and a comprise was met its time now that we support Obama and get ready to whipe the floor with McCain in November. God Bless America.

    June 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Beth

    The superdelegates need to do their job now. It is very unfair for the Clinton campaign to be allowed to have well-intentioned Americans contributing to their organization.

    June 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. John

    Hispanics won't vote for an african american. Another win for hillary firmly grounded on racism. How can you be proud of that? Boom, outa here.

    June 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. aw

    First, let's remember that Puerto Rican's can't even vote in the general election, so this makes no difference at all.

    Second, since she has spent all this time and money campaigning in a Spanish speaking territory, wouldn't you think she would learn to say the one Spanish phrase she used in her acceptance speech appropriately?

    "Te quiero Puerto Rico" means "you (singular familiar) love Puerto Rico." Even the Taco Bell dog knows better!

    She's an idiot. Please make this woman just go away!!

    June 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Good look Hillary with maintaining your seat in the Senate, you may have lost that also.

    June 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. JJ

    It's over HRC, time to pack up and head back to NY....bring your accountant, you have a lot of bills that need to be paid.

    June 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. RalphAlabi

    democrats please come together regardless of who becomes the nominee...the world is watching you to make the right decision

    June 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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