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.)


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soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. zonay52

    Michigan voter!!! -Why is it that you would vote McCain instead of Obama when Hillary herself has said HE would make a good President? Why is it that many of her supporters ponder the idea of HRC being VP if he is so bad? Why is it that so many HRC supporters "threaten" to vote McCain if she doesn't win? I don't hear the Obama supporters whining like that. You all need to get a grip and stand behind the Democratic nominee–whoever it is that wins this election. I am an Obama supporter, but I can guarantee you if he loses the nomination, I will vote for HRC (even though she is not my choice)–and will never vote McCain. Never. To think that is absurd; to go on and on about how her supporters will vote McCain sounds like nothing but poor losers to me. We are adults, not children. Grow up, please. It isn't about YOU; it is about our country.

    June 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. oH

    People liked her husband in office. He had a cool pompodum. Its called face recognition.

    June 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Roger

    How did Hillary when big? Because she was laser focused on a group of people that can't vote in the GE while Obama was already working on GE swing states instead of Puerto Rico.

    This is nothing more than kicking a 4th qtr. field goal when you are down by 3 touchdowns with 2 minutes to go. It is over, most people have left the stadium and those that are left are just waiting for the clock to run out and traffic to die down.

    June 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Rob in St Louis

    Hillary Clinton won big in Puerto Rico because:

    1) Puerto Ricans make a big deal out of 'respect'; she visited the island much more than Obama.
    2) There are a LOT of Puerto Ricans who virtually commute between New York (and Hartford) and San Juan. What state is Clinton nominally the senator of? Hmm...
    3) Bill Clinton is almost a god to many Puerto Ricans. The reason for this is not entirely clear, since he was president while I was there and things certainly didn't improve.
    4) The promise of a vote on status guarantees 50% support from virtually every member of the PNP, despite the reality that Puerto Rico has more chance of becoming the 9th (10th) planet in our solar system, than it does becoming a state.

    Who cares, anyway? It's over. Just more bs to feed the HRC whining machine.

    June 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. MM

    Hello all,

    Write it down..it's over for billharry...Go to hell with your all campaign members. We don't want a second Monica Lewinski in the white house. We all knew Bill promissed you to do everything he can to help you gaining the white house because you didn't divorce him when he slept with Monica in the white house...he didn't want to resign at this as a president . He was lying to you in order to not explode Monica's case.Now you are free to divorce him he's so weak.

    Vote for Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Amy, PR

    She won so big because everyone knows the Clintons via Bill. She had no real relevance with her positions

    June 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. KATHY

    Who cares – I am so sick and tired of the campaigns, the coverage, the candidates, their families – I won't even vote in November. I just don't care any more – all it has been is mudslinging, whining, etc. The DNC should be ashamed of themselves for letting this mess go on for so long – does anyone really care? Whoever gets elected won't live up to their promises, will have a scandal ridden presidency and leave in disgrace like the last two. Frankly i don't think any sane person would want the job. Maybe we should try a monarchy or a dictatorship. Can't be any worse than what we already have. The candidates just need to get over themselves.

    June 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Corie,Canada

    Congratulations!!! Kudos to such a hard working woman, the making of a great leader.

    June 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Margareth-FL

    go obama yeyeye

    June 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Steve (Independent)

    Meh, she needs to win at least 70% of all remaining delegates, including Super D's just to reach the 2,118 delegates needed, while it is entirely possible, I just don't see that happening yet.

    June 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    There is no reason to believe that Obama had a chance of beating Hillary in Puerto Rico. Let's look at the facts: since when in this election have the Hispanic community supported Barack Obama in any part of the country. It's a waste of time for the pundits and analysts to calculated statistics day in and day out when the simple fact of the matter is that Hispanics will not vote for a black man to become president. There is and always has been a rift in Hispanic and black community relations. We all know who the nominee is going to be. Individual Democrat voters should take it upon themselves to recognize that in order for this party to be successful in November, they must put their support behind the person who is going face McCain. Instead, the Puerto Ricans have played this childish, ignorant, racially motivated game to be spiteful. This island will be responsible for setting the Democratic party back.

    June 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Obama Fan

    Wow 2 more superdels for obama, I don't see any of them moveing to Hillary haha.

    After South Dakota and Montana its all over!

    Keeo on dreaming Hillary folks.

    June 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She lies even when documentation disproves her lies–

    “We need a president who will put us back on the path to fiscal responsibility,” she said. “I am the only candidate running who has told you specifically how I will pay for everything I propose because I want you to hold me accountable.”

    There are a couple of problems with this claim, though. First, her campaign is approximately $20 million in debt, even after she loaned over $11 million of her own money to the cause. Several vendors and suppliers have come forward to say they are owed money by the campaign, and her former chief strategist, Mark Penn, is owed $5 million for his services before he parted ways with Clinton.

    Second, Clinton received more than five times the number of earmarks than any other senator, according Taxpayers for Common Sense. Their report also found that Clinton is responsible for receiving over $2 billion in earmarks from 2002 to 2006, which is more than either Barack Obama or John McCain.

    June 1, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. lawrence taniform

    Go Obama.

    June 1, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Phil

    I read that they liked Hillary cause they are a welfare state that does not pay taxes and Bill Clinton had something to do with allowing that.

    June 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Mary

    I guess PR didn't get the memo. You people who say "Obama may not be able to beat McCain ", "Hillary is more electable". Well, the people have spoken – they want Obama. We hold these elections for that purpose. Electing a democratic candidate is not based on analyses and polls. Please stop feeding the bear!

    June 1, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. and this means what???

    is this a new math that we are teaching billary math 101 popular votes equals more delegates, more states won= the stronger candidate and the winner is still Obama!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Ann

    Mr. Sneider:
    Your rationale just doesn't make sense why Hillary won. She won because she is the best choice. It's not because of Bill, or all your other reasons. You are just a very biased news pundit. Give it up. You as well as the other males are threatened by such a dynamic, bright, and strong female. It is so obvious.

    June 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Tomy in Europe

    All Europeans, all world citizens want Clinton out. It's time to retire, you're over 60!!

    June 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Disgruntled Hillary supporter

    If Hillary doesn't win against McCain

    ..

    We will vote for McCain!!

    Wait, what?

    June 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. me me

    okay, name recognition again.

    June 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. George

    You Hillary supporters (Republican operatives?) are funny. You keep 'warning' us that all sorts of bad things are going to come out about Obama real soon . . . you've been saying that ever since it was inevitable that Hillary would lose the nomination. Where is it? Don't you think the Clinton campaign wouldn't have found it and used it by now?

    She has lost and Obama will be the next President unless you Clinton supporters 'don't vote', 'vote for McCain' or 'write in Hillary'. Do you REALLY want the same or worse economy we have? Do you REALLY want the troops to stay in Iraq? Do you REALLY want McCain to appoint Supreme Court Justices that will take away your right to choose, take away your civil rights, side with big business instead of the people?

    You Clinton supporters keep saying how 'smart and wise' you are but your posts do not reflect that when you say you won't vote for Obama. It's also very questionable from the language, vocabulary, grammar and spelling.

    June 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. holy

    Puerto Rico, Clintons are ALL YOURS.
    Keep them there for the rest of their lives and enjoy their lip services with lies, lies, lies ,,,,,,,

    June 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. City Hall

    Obama is the one we want, the game is over for Blondie, but she is too silly to notice.

    June 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. No McSame

    Keep her Puerto Rico and guess what? YOU DON'T COUNT anyway. God Bless AMERICA.

    June 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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