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.)


Filed under: Exit Polls • Schneider analysis
soundoff (862 Responses)
  1. Keifer S.

    Why is whether Puerto Rico becoming a state now an issue. They've had over 50 years to try to push an initiative for it and they haven't. That cruise ship set sail long ago. Sounds like more political pandering to the Puerto Ricans during an election year, which is hilarious because they cannot vote in the general election.

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Laura Young

    Congratulations, Hillary! Another sound beating of Obama! Obama may have pulled his "starters" out of the game a bit too early...

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. joann

    It's people on your show like Donna Brazelle and her remarks about Hillary that will keep this party divided. Now let me guess who she's voting for??? hmmmm BHO!! I watched the 9 1/2 hour R&B meeting yesterday. 1st of all hats off to Tina and Harold for speaking out! I am so disillusioned with this democratic party and what they did in MI. I hope Hillary takes it to the convention! This party will never unite with political decisions like they made yesterday. It was another 2000 election steal!!!! Clinton's people will not forget and they will not come together before November. If she doesn't win we will be campaigning and voting for McCain! CNN and NBC, keep up with bashing Clinton. This just drives us harder to help McCain win. I hope Hillary does win so I can see you chewing your teeth and analyzing why she won. I'm now going to Fox....fair and balanced!

    June 1, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. eddie

    jejejejejejejejejejejeejejeje
    go hillary go.................
    back to new york

    June 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Righteous Metal Broad

    I have no idea why this is such big news. It's not like PR can vote in the general election, so why should they matter? It's a bunch of wasted time really.

    Obama '08

    June 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Bob Stephens

    Goodbye Hillary, it's been a real pressure getting to learn about you.

    June 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. ann

    excuse my spelling been having key problems here .

    June 1, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. RJ, CA

    Hillary won because REAL people want to vote for a REAL person - not a "phenomenon" created by public relations hack David Axelrod (Obama's "brain")!

    June 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. raj

    result of puerto rico does not block obama to be nominee of democratic party.

    June 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. alvaro

    The reason she won big is caused latins vote for issues! and caused we hate traitors such as Bill Richardson. Obama was CRUSHED!

    June 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Bob

    Puerto Ricco...HA HA,HA.....
    What significance it has.....
    They cannt vote in a general election.....
    May he Hillary need to run for President of Puerto Ricco or Atlantis....
    Now lets campaign in Green land ,will get a vote from Polar bear..(101 th delegate)...
    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    June 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Mark

    How long before Hillary starts talking about how winning big in Puerto Rico is important for November?

    June 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. MikeyNYC

    Because she is the most electable.

    June 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Noah

    Because she is the best candiadte..unlike the rest of you who think its okay for the media to choose your President. The people have spoken.

    The question should be is why has Obama lost the majority of the contest since Super Tuesday, considering the elite Democratic party and the bias media have crowned him the winner.

    Lets wait till tommorow and see what else falls out of the Obama closet.

    June 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Rachel

    This whole election is like 2 kids fighting on the playground. I have grown tired of the people running and I am a Clinton supporter. I feel that because she is a woman the voting isn't fair, the news doesn't write fair articles and whenever Clinton says something Obama thinks she is directly attacking him (to sum up everything). I am glad Clinton won. She is a hard worker and she won Michigan and Florida fair and square..personally she should have gotten all of those votes.

    June 1, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Steve Culpepper

    Senator Clinton's win in Puerto Rico is a reflection of how Puerto Rican's have a better vantage point from which to view this campaign.
    They see that she has the greater number of voters favoring her as she now leads in the popular vote in 2 of 3 of CNN's scenarios. And they remember all of the Obama's earlier claims that the winner of the popular vote should not be denied the nomination. Now, if the Super Delagates could gain the same perspective.

    June 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. JT, AZ

    11 ticker items about P.R.

    CNN, indeed.

    June 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Linda

    Is she done yet?

    June 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Simon

    Hilary supporters are very perplexing to believe that Hilary is the ONLY candidate for the Democratic party. Is the division and resentment so deep that supporters of Hilary would vote for McCain if Obama won the nomination? That is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard, while a majority of Obama supporters would vote for Hilary should she win the nomination. I don't know why so many of Hilary's supporters would automatically switch over to a third Bush term than let Obama take the nomination and the White House. Because in the end, isn't it all about the Dems taking back the White House and not just winning the primary?

    June 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. james

    Congratulations Hillary. The majority's choice.

    June 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. George, Portland

    Puerto Ricans and other countries like to vote for people as idols instead
    of policies. They are used to a more dictatorship style of rule instead of
    democracy. Same with Mexicans and other hispanics. That's why
    Hillary(self subscribed queen) was expected to win in Puerto Rico and other similar regions.

    June 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. CNN START REPORTING THE REAL NEWS.....

    Whicj is more important Hawaii or Puerto Rico...?

    June 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Ben

    Her last big win... Now what? Obama will take Montana and tie in South Dakota. I think Obama should have spent a little more time in Puerto Rico because Hillary wouldn't do the honorable thing and stand down. It's not possible for her to win which means she lost. McCain is the one she should be fighting, and that means backing Obama. I've lost all respect for Hillary.

    June 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. JJ in NY

    That fat belly belies the guilt she swallowed after she worked to pardon criminals and terrorists form the FALN. Shame on hillary .

    June 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Amy

    It's amazing, however, how much value Clinton and her supporters are putting on PR. They can't vote in the general election and if anyone in PR really believes her when she promises she will make them a state they are far more gullable than anyone thought.

    June 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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