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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  1. Susan

    Because statehood and the possiblilty of voting in the GE is the "new" gas tax holiday. Sadly, people believe sound bites and promises without researching.

    Her techniques are failing overall because the internet and YouTube let us find out the truth. The more people are informed–the younger and more educated people–the less the lies will work. Too bad, Hillary. you should have run before the internet.

    June 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Phil

    Some of her supporters aren't good at math. Doing well in a few states does not change the race when your opponent already has the majority.

    June 1, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Wise White Guy

    Simple, she lies to people who are ignorant enough to believe it. She tells them she will guarantee they will have a vote in the General Election. LMAO, what suckers!

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Luz

    Irrelevant?????

    This is race is not over until the delagates vote IN THE CONVENTION. And superdelegates for sure can change their mind at any time!

    So no it is not irrelivant and it is not over and any sports team how important is to hold a lead against a good opositiong team.

    Hillary is still viable albeit difficult that it would happen.

    But it might very well happen and all of you who are so eager to write her off and make her go away could be left wondering....

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. And So

    [b]Schneider: How did Clinton win big?[/b]

    She Campaigned there. Its as simple as that
    It makes a huge different when a candidate campaigns thier heart out in a specific terrority.
    Good for hillary clinton, but this primary was as irrelevant she has become

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. La Raza

    Hillary promised to make Puerto Rico the 51st. state! If I was Puerto Rican I would vote for her too. Again, say and do anything. Wednesday can't come soon enough. Good riddance you liar!

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Phil

    The biggest argument of Hillary is that she has the popular vote. When she in fact, does not.

    So what does she have?

    Nothing.

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. fred the good one

    UPDATE:

    clinton supporters voting for Mr. Obama: 18

    clinton supporters voting for mc cain: 16

    republicans voting for Mr. Obama: 3,010,210

    democrats voting for Mr. Obama: WOW!

    Will keep you informed:

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. J. McKinney

    The only reason Obama is ahead in anything is the caucuses, where young people who weren't working, and others who didn't have families to take care of, could sit for several hours for a caucus. Hillary is winning in all the states where the PEOPLE VOTE.
    I pray the super delegates will start to use their heads, and vote for Hillary. I have read that some of them are being threatened and intimidated by the Obama team, if they are for Hillary. Our democratic process desperately needs a make-over. If all the states voted, instead of having the caucuses, Hillary would be ahead. If the Dems. held their primaries like the Repubs.–winner of each state gets all the delegates–then Hillary would be ahead.
    Hang in there, Hillary. We are behind you! I will vote McCain or not vote, if Obama is the Dem's. choice.

    June 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Frankie

    this goes to tell you how Clinton supporters are very ignorant and have no common sense in their thinking. I don't even know how they relate to their own children regarding rules, moralilty and values. You lose, you lose, go home and stop whinning
    they claim she won the big states and the red states in only democrates contest, what scientific proof do they have to support this false claim that will be outcome in fall general election?.If that is the case there shouldn't have been any contest and annoint Hillary they ultimate President-in waiting....Foolish no brainers,
    They are all a bunch of imagination dreamers who cannot do a basic math.
    if she cannot beat Obama, who according to Clinton is not electable by the same people voting, who else can she beat, a dog? you bet.
    She can not beat any one

    All her supporters are retarted. Grow-up,

    Frankie, T.O

    June 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. R. Grayson

    Clinton wins a contest from an area that isn't even a state and cannot vote in the general election and you go nuts about it.

    Obama wins 11 in a row (actually 12 when you count Texas). That is 12 states that have millions of people who can and will vote in the General Election.

    Hillary makes discounts (disenfranchises) these states an unimportant and small.

    Say what? How much more unimportant can you get than winning in an area (not a state) that CANNOT EVEN VOTE AT ALL in the general election?

    Jeeze Louise.

    June 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Ann

    The super delegates would do well to read these blogs. The Obama supporters are obviously so nasty, and vile in their comments. This is suppose to be about bringing people together. There is so much enthusiasm by Hillary's supporters. Name calling and ignorant, mean, narrow minded talk is not going to help this process.

    Most of these sick individuals need major therapy. How pitiful the Obama campaign has become to hide behind these kind of cognitively deprived individuals and let them do their dirty work.

    I don't know how Obama sleep at night.

    June 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Paula

    We have to support the nomine to defeat Mccain in November who ever he is. We just can't affort 4 more years of mess in WH, and loose more American and poor innocent people in Irak. Our troop have to came back home to their famely.

    June 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. rose

    now u see why obama is winning.she spends 15 days,with Bill & chealcy , 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. Go Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Houston

    I don't understand – what kind of feminist uses her husband's name to advance her career????

    June 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Phil

    Why do Clinton supporters want to send a Primary campaign loser to the White House? Does that make any sense?

    She lost. Losers don't get elected President.

    June 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. dennis from texas

    i am with you hillary as an independent she has got my vote good luck hillary hope you win make sure every vote is counted hillary for president the best among the rest

    June 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. BB for Obama

    Who does she think she is anyway!! Her ego is too strong. Clinton go home.

    June 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Lillianne

    It ain't over til it's over. And it ain't over.

    In my entire life I have not voted Republican but I will not vote for Obama..

    June 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Francis, Hawaii

    She won big becaise of Bill Clinton, everyone knows that!

    June 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. MMB

    Hillary. These light pink pants make your hips look enormous. Bad choice.

    June 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. whocares

    She won because Puerto Rico hasn't had the opportunity to become disgusted with her.

    June 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. R.O.B.

    Yep, her last win. She will lose South Dakota and Montana. Obama will get the nomination and Hillary will start to stomp for him. That is of course if she is true to her word. With some of the things she's tried to pull off during this primary season, I wouldn't be surprised if she ran as an Independent if she didn't get the nomination.
    If that happens the presidential race will end up being a runoff between Obama and McCain. Then Obama will win.

    OBAMA '08

    June 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. IntelliGent

    Obama has had more big wins in real states than this one Hillary has in P.R. This really means...nothing. P.R cannot vote in the general. Anyone who will not vote for the party values and chooses to vote for McCain has no other rational than racism. If these are the type of people Hillary attracts, Obama supporters don't want them anyway.

    June 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. OBAMA IS NOT ELECTIBLE!

    GO HILLARY GO HILLARY GO HILLARY!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!

    YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO!!!!!!!

    MADAME PRESIDENT!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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