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. Dan

    To those Democrats that still want to vote for Mc Cain if Hillary doesn't win, I hope you're ready for more of the same thing we've seen since Bush took office.

    So if Hillary doesn't win? She already said herself that if she doesn't win that voting Republican would be a mistake. AND I AGREE!!! I'd die before putting another Republican on my ballot for President, especially John Mc Cain. Don't let this closely fought election be cause to hurt the Democratic party. I urge you for WHICHEVER candidate it is, be it Hillary or Obama, please vote Democratic. We desperately need change from the same old policies from the past 8 years.

    June 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Swiss in Canada

    Hillary or McCain? Wow, you have great democrats in the States....
    Little bit racist eh?

    June 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. De Nada

    "De Nada" is Spanish for "it is nothing". That's what the PR election is.
    It is truly over.

    Now that Hillary can't get anyone except a select few people believe her nonsense, she has switched her story to say that she is losing because of a vast conspiracy against her. This is the kind of talk that puts people in mental institutions.

    It's not a vast conspiracy, Hillary. It's just that most people think you're an idiot.

    June 1, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Janet from Fl

    I agree 100% with michigan voter!!!. Obama will never see the Whitehouse. The DNC screwed up big time when they treated Fl and MI the way they did. I will also be voting for McCain in Nov. or Hillary if she runs as an independent and I'm sure her 17 million+ supporter will go with her also. If she doesn't we will put up with McCain for 4 years and in 2012 Hillary WINS!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. sally

    Bill just can't handle the thought that he is not going to get a third term in the White House. He is using Hollary, as he uses all women. He can get out of the spotlight now. Thank goodness!!

    June 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. lois

    CONGRATULATIONS TO HILLARY! She is a figher for all people!

    June 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Jayson

    If Hillary can not do the basic math proving she is pretty much done, do you really think she can balance the country's budget?

    June 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Bradley J. Riley

    Lets be serious here, as a person who's studied in Puerto Rico I can tell you that the only thing Puerto Rican's despise more than a gringo is a black person. The low turnout shows that many Puerto Rican's refused to vote for Hillary Clinton too!

    Lets not have this Puerto Rican contest go to Hillary's head because now All Obama needs is a few more delegates to Hillary's 200 or so.

    June 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. DNC does the right thing - Ickes No

    Let her enjoy her moment, because this is a close as she gets. Come Tuesday, Obama will be well past her in every respect. Let's see Hillary do the right thing and support the nominee, Obama, like she said she would.

    June 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. ES NYC

    Congratulations to Hillary !
    With the name recognition, the 7 days campagning there (1 day for Obama) and the 3 to 1 outspending, we could say it was expected.

    Factor in that the turnout was 19% and that they can't vote in the GE.

    Factor in that Obama campaigned in Montana and SD and you know then why he will be the nominee.

    On an another note, i am tempted to think that a joint ticket would be a good thing for november and the democrats and on the other hand i am afraid that it could undermine the winning message of change vs 'thrid Bush term'. Any thoughts on that ?

    June 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Marie

    Americians the world is watching you more now than ever. Hate is a choosen fact don't let everyone know that you can't grow.

    June 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. carmen zayas

    Go Hillary!! Let's hope the super delegates do the right thing and give the nomination to the best candidate! gracias Puerto Rico!

    Hillary '08

    June 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Heidi

    Go MI Voter! You got that right. We will make sure Obama doesn't get in the White House.

    All you Obama supporters don't realize the wrath that is about to be unleased from the Clinton supporters who feel they have been robbed.

    We will support McCain. At least he has some experience and tells us like it is. We know what we are getting with McCain, he doesn't have anything to hide.

    Obama offers change. What kind of change? Change in your pocket and that is about it.

    June 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Alfred S.

    Dems. party, how soon we forget be real most people know that Obama will NOT WIN come the general election let go of this show which will end tuesday remember one president WALTER MONDALE who only won the greate state of MINNESOTA, during his time like some have said that "THIS IS OUR TIME" time of couse that is if OBAMA win the state of ILL. will all these Obama supporter be around come NOVERBER or is it to stop Hillary from been the next PRESIDENT ? Think AMERICA.

    June 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. -Chris

    "If all the primary results including Florida and Michigan are counted, but not the caucus votes, Clinton leads in the popular vote 17,461,845 to Obama's 17,244,762, according to CNN estimates."

    "In a second scenario, which adds in CNN's estimate of the caucus-goers, Obama leads Clinton 17,928,000 to 17,843,000."

    To claim that Clinton has the popular vote is simply a bald faced lie. "I have the popular vote when you count the state where I was the only one on the ballot, and don't count any of the caucus states." Sounds like a winning argument that will surely win over those 96% of remaining superdelegates that Clinton needs, LOL.

    Get this loser outta here.

    June 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. s

    That's funny! Hillary will run as an independent. With what campaign money? Didn't she run the first campaign in the ditch with the coffee and donut bill. Come on people look at where our economy is, do want a person who can't keep their campaign in the black running this country?

    June 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Bill PA

    Hillary all the way.............................08........................................................

    June 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. rad

    Let's go Obama

    June 1, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. Joe

    So she won Puerto Rico – big deal. If she manages to get the nomination, let's see how many votes she'll get from there in the general election? Oh that's right ZERO because PR isn't a state that can vote in the general. This was a meaningless primary.

    June 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Veronique

    Meaningless

    June 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. supporter

    You Obama Fans need the Clinton's and their supporters, we still have the upper hand and I hate to say it but if you think long and hard... it really is up to the Clinton's now to unite the party so therefor there is nothing you can do to hurt us anymore, but we can make your life miserable for 4 years by voting for McCain even if we are in the same place as you it could be worth it

    June 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. aware

    Hillary is the best candidate but if the foolish Dems make Obama the nominee Mccain will win and this Dem will support him! :)

    June 1, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. aware

    Voters unite for McCain if the dumb Dems make Obama their nominee. :)

    June 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. Mike Cooper

    Why worry about the present election when we can get a head start worrying about the future! The results of this primary reflect one of the most worrisome trends in current American politics; the rapidly forming schism between black and hispanic voters. We first saw it in Nevada. A vicious combination of racism and political competition is emerging and the Democratic party is likely to be only the first of its casualities.

    June 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. Terry in Fl

    Give credit where credit is due. Hillary is the people's choice and we don't choose Obama!

    June 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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