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. ES NYC

    By the way I support Obama and i am fairly bitter and dissapointed by the face shown by Hillary Clinton throughout this primaries as i use to respect her.
    However i am willing to support a joint ticket if it would make the case stronger for a democratic victory in nov.

    June 1, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. skylark

    Ugh!
    Once this is iover I hope I never hear the name Hillary again.
    Or have to see her face or hear her screeching.
    Puerto Rico? So what?
    I have gotten an ulcer from this campaign. Can I sue for damages?

    June 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

    WAY TO GO!
    YOU ARE THE STRONGER CANDIDATE TO WIN!!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. THOMAS

    ONE MORE PRO OBAMA COMMMENTARY BY CNN.THE VICTORY HAS ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH HILLARY.IS THEIR ANYBODY AT CNN AT LOVE THIS COUNTRY ENOUGH TO SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT THE RACIST HILLARY IS RUNNING AGAINST?ALL YOU ALL COWARDS-EVERYONE OF YOU?

    June 1, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. dan

    sally from cal.

    No, the democratic party will be responsibile for losing to McCain in November? Why, because they screwed up in Florida and Mich. They should have made that decesion right away when they broke the rules.

    Now, all the democratic party did was tick off alot of voters. You know what, who wants to belong to a party that doesn't think their vote counts. And thats exactly what the democratic party did. They ignored those states votes until they had no choice. They didn't care.

    Thus, they will lose the election from their own aragonce.

    Go Hillary.

    AND, oboma could care less about those two states also. Let those states decide who wins in november. It won't be Oboma after the way he treated them.

    Dan

    June 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. skylark

    Women who love women. Did you see them crying and screaming yesterday? I hope they see themselves on TV and realize just how bad they make women look. I am ashamed of my gender.

    June 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Optica!

    One step at a time.

    June 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. FALN Pardons

    The Clintons have some very strong connections in Puerto Rico, from Bill's 1999 Pardoning of the 11 FALN Members. The GOP and McCain were certain to use it IF she became the Nominee. There are no National Security Brownie points there!!!

    Yes, apparently, they have some loyalist in Puerto Rico yet.

    June 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Jackson

    M.C. June 1st, 2008 3:36 pm ET: ? o_O

    June 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. angie

    Who cares about Puerto Rico. Most don't even understand English nor pay taxes. How can they research on the candidates if they don't even understand our government, laws, etc...

    Thank you Obama for campaigning in states that matter in the GE.

    AND HOW MANY PUERTO RICANS ACTUALLY SHOWED UP TO VOTE?

    June 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Slatsie

    I cannot believe how nasty Obama supporters are towards a fellow democrat. Shame on you!

    June 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. OC-B

    Why did she win so big? That's easy – latinos/hispanics & black people don't get along so well.

    June 1, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Donna

    Senator Clinton has proven that she is the stronger candidate, despite the obvious media bias.
    Obama can not win in the states that a Democrat must win, in order to obtain the White House in November. He has not been able to compete with her in most of the important states that democrats must carry in the fall.
    The democrats will be setting themselves up again (just like with Kerry) and will loose an election they should win, if the inexperienced Senator Obama, is put up against John McCain. He is the wrong candidate at this time if we do not want another 4 years of Republicans.

    June 1, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Give her a break

    Look at her pictures from PR? Are you certain she does not inhale?

    The more you look at her the more worried you get about her conscience. The Clintons have no sense of right and wrong. In the name of carrying on the the end as is her right both the Clintons have shown how shallow their interpretation of right and wrong is.

    June 1, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah

    Ok, I bought myself some nice party favors and a bottle of wine. All of you are invited to my "Sayonara Hillary" fiesta on Tuesday night. Just follow the clues.

    I've had enough of the Dems choosing the lamest candidate for the last two elections just to appease the whiners of the group. Get out of my party. You are not invited.

    June 1, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Does it even Matter, Atlanta, GA

    Let's see...I guess it makes it easy for her to claim she wins the "popular" vote because she is running on the coattails of her infamous husband and former president, Bill. With that being said, had she been on an even scale as Obama, I am sure the story would be a lot different.

    Let me give Senator Clinton her due – she is a great candidate. But after all of the bickering, whining, and pandering for votes, I would have to say that my respect and tolerance for her campaign has diminished below zero. She has found more ways to put "spin" on politics than her husband...I do say they make the perfect couple. Good luck to Senator Clinton in the off-season.

    Democrats: Let's unite and rally behind the guy I'd like to see as our next president – Barack Obama!

    Fired up! Ready to go!

    June 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. GetOverIt

    I believe Hillary won PR b/c of Bill. The Clinton voters that wishes to vote for John instead of Obama should think twice when they're at the GAS PUMP!!! B/C I Do!! Get Over It and ReUNITE this Party.

    June 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Re

    She told them she would grant them statehood. This woman will sell her soul for the nomination. Sad!!!

    June 1, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Pam

    I hope this will give Senator Clinton the emotional security to concede gracefully once all the primaries are over.

    June 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Keep going, Hillary. There are way too many people out there who will not vote in November unless you are on the ticket.

    June 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Ahtesham

    Hillary stop dreaming, your future life is been falling apart, you wont be on the dream ticket, I am guessing there will be a lady on the ticket but not you.

    June 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. david

    How did she win big? The same way she won big in Michigan. She ran against herself.

    This is like watching a sports team in denial over losing the finals. The fans have left, the media has left, and most importantly – your opponent is in the clubhouse celebrating. Still, you linger on the field of play waiting for the next whistle. It's over – got it? Sometimes you lose... or to be charitable – sometimes you just run out of time. The nomination process, your political career – done... finished... kaput. Got it?

    Since the boat for exiting gracefully has clearly sailed – just get out.

    June 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Joyce in Florida

    Another fantastic win for Hillary Clinton. I am so looking forward to seeing her as our next President. Please keep fighting for us Hillary and we will stand behind you all the way to the White House. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. sv

    why did they not count popluar votes for Al Gore against Bush???tell me America.
    Why can Clinton use Popular votes to win as a Nominee?
    Are we still figuring out how to hold elections?

    June 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    She won because of her universal appeal. Just remember that there are more Puerto Ricans in the 50 states than there are in Puerto Rico.

    Clinton is the better candidate with a better chance to win against McCain in the general election.

    I want to see a Clinton write in or a third party.

    June 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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