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. James , Houston, TX.

    Cnn, is just an other Black Mathaw !

    June 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. FLORIDA For Barack Obama

    The only reason she won big is because of the NAME: Clinton. They know Bill from the 90's and prefer him over Bush. They remember the difference between the 2 as far as International travel (alot of them have family here in the states). Trust me when I tell you if Clinton's name was not on the ballot Obama would have won easily. It has nothing to do with him personally, and they don't know much about him on the island either. Oh, forgot to mention I AM PUERTO RICAN and know the difference from the mainland. AND might I add the gap would have closed if he actually campaigned there as well. Barack has been focusing on McCain and the general. He is not paying any attn to her ridiculous rants & excuses. He is the nominee.

    June 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. NORA, FLORIDA

    I could care less about Puerto Rico, Guam, and the other places that are voting in our primaries but have no meaning what so ever in the General. someone please school me as to the purpose.

    June 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Voter turn Obama

    This is for Donna on the panel. I must say to you is that I have some much love for you and you gave me an gut check and that is. When you respond to Terry comments I was taken back because of what you said and I must say that I have switch my vote to back Sen.Obama because if they are crying over 4 votes with no chance in hell of winning. I have been backing her for a very long time but if they are not try to beat McSane in Nov. Is crazy I'm better off this bus because I can't jump off the bridge behind a fool. Donna said she will vote for her if they stop playing kids game. Well Sen.Clinton is playing a dumb game that's why she is loosing my vote.

    June 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Gale

    Hillary told the Puerto Rican community everything they wanted to hear. Just as she told the folks in upstate NY she would bring in hundreds of thousands of jobs but, instead they lost jobs. Just as she says she champions universal health care but never initiated a universal health care bill in six years in Congress. Why do some voters believe the pandering??

    June 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Robert

    bk wrote: "Another trouncing." ROFL that's a joke... what do you call ALL of the other states he won and the fact that he's leading in EVERY COUNT–popular vote, Super delegates, majority of pledged delegates?

    Maybe you're too blind to see that, eh?

    June 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Larry Buchas

    The Clintons spent 15 days in Puerto Rico. Barack spent about 2 days there. He would have won if he spent an equal amount of time.

    National polls show Barack ahead of Hillary with Hispanics.

    June 1, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Words of Caution

    Truly pathetic! Puerto Ricans better head for the ditch quickly. The Hillary Clinton Express is pulling out of PR immediately and her other supporters don't want to have to pull any more folks from underneath the bus before they continue. There are too many folks slowing it down already...some from Iowa, Maine, Vermont, Nebraska, Kansas.

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Jose

    Obama-Webb! or Obama-Sebelius!

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. JIM

    I agree that the people of PR voted for Bill more than Hillary. Look at the exit polls. 37% did not know enough about Obama to have an opinion. If he had chosen to campaign, he would have done much better. He has his eye on the general election and defeating Mc Cain, which seems to be lost on the Clinton's. As one commentator said "This is the most important event in her life". That is what this is all about-Her and not the country.

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Cecilio Moraga

    Thank you Hillary. We Republicans are very, very grateful for all that you have been doing for us.

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Butch Dillon

    Did they have to enlarge Hillary's seat in the senate to allow for the extra girth she seems to be lugging around these days?

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    so what? she lost the nomination–THANK GOD

    plus she'll lose in Montana and South Dakota....

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. karen kirkland

    congradulations HILLARY on ur big win in puerto rico. I knew u could do it. just keep on goin girl and do'nt give up.. we r behind u all the way..

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Laurie

    GOOD FOR HILLARY! She's hung in there because she knows she will be an excellent president. Puerto Rico respects the Clintons and so does the rest of the world. Let's bring back the global pride our nation needs, rather than the shame our current administration has brought down upon Americans.

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Tom

    If Obama does get the nomination I can almost promise that McCain will will the GE come November, Obama will lose the swing states of Florida, Michigan, and Ohio! If Democrats want to win come November than giving the nomination to Obama is not the answer! But then again I'm from Michigan so according to the DNC i only get half a vote.

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Bernard Shelton

    There is no State or Territory where this type of win has occured.So you need to ask yourself why?
    The answer is deffinitely not in those questions been asked,.
    You need to live there to know the real reason.
    Remember when children ask us where babies come from.. we tell the stork brought them..but that was not true. Ask the right questions and you might get the right answers. Go live there Bill.

    June 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Jason in Ohio

    Haha, yeah, you're right...the superdelegates should side with Hillary because she won big in Puerto freakin' Rico? Are you crazy? Who cares? If this took place on Super Tuesday, it would be viewed as irrelevant, because, after all, it IS irrelevant. Congrats, Hillary. We are so proud of you that you could win an election where 8 in 10 voters loves your husband. This is about as impressive as her winning big in Arkansas.

    June 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Jon

    Congrats Mrs. Clinton you show that you can be a leader.
    Is Obama a leader? Going to be the leader of the USA? Do we forget his unity stand? Did he stay with a church for 20 years whose message is supposedly not unity? Has he resigned because he is close to the nomination? What a leader ..

    June 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Susan Royersford

    Ok. And Hillary your point is??? Why spend time campaigning in a place that will not help you in the General??? Oh, that's right Hill, you won't be in the general.

    FYI,
    Her arguement concerning those big states she won, including Tejas (Spanish for Texas) in which she barley beat him, is mute. Mickey Mouse could run as the Democrat and get California. PA?? I should know I'm a proud Pennsylvanian – whoever the Dem nominee (Barack of course) will pick up Philly, Pittsburgh and Harrisburgh. You see, PA is a red state with navy blue almost black cities like the ones mentioned above. That state mark my words, will go blue. The beloved T along cannot make that state Republican.

    Yes We The Democracts Can Take Back The White House.
    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Lovely in VA

    Hillary won because of her husband's name.

    Just announced that she's heading to NY Tuesday. Not good news for her supporters.

    June 1, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. AJ

    She won big because hispanics do not like Obama. Wait till November this group will mostly vote for McCain or anyone else running but not Obama.

    June 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. KE

    This is funny....

    DEVELOPING NEWS: Hillary Clinton is poised to win Puerto Rico Primary.
    BREAKING NEWS: Obama is leaving his church.

    June 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Craig

    This would mean somthing if PR could vote in the general election in November. The primary is over! Hill will toe the party line, she might even get on the ticket. Dems in the fall!

    June 1, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. David Peter

    She courts all the feminazis but relies on her husband's influence to win??

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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