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. Maggie

    Hillary thinks Puerto Rico should be able to vote in the General Election? Surprise, surprise! It is just another example of her changing the rules and moving the goal posts as the game goes along. It's the Clinton approach to winning! Really, if she and Bill had just a couple more months and a few more big states, they might just get themselves back in the White House for a third term.

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Linda

    Bill Clinton won in Puerto Rico today !

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

    Congratulations! We can say that Hillary went out with a Bang.

    Yes We Can
    Obama 08.

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Richard

    its not even a state?? why are we counting it... im not agianst them or anything but come on... lets get out head in the games.. all that should count in our elections are Americans plane and simple.. be shure say congrats to her on her last win... Obama 08

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. alvaro

    CNN should have fair and balance. liberals such Anderson Cooper is bias against women, i can not believe his favorable view on the side of Obama. he did not challenge any comment of democratic traitors and fanatic racist of CNN! Clinton is the best candidate to beat JOHN macCain becaused latinos, whites poor, catholics, women, older people and Florida and Michigan mess!

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Jason – they think it's Bill's third term – language is a problem there.

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Mary

    Barack Obanma is the most corrupt politician to walk our streets and should be in jail with his best friend, supporter and fundraiser, Tony Rezko.

    Come on, Tony, tell America why you were forced to help buy the Obama mansioin. Just tell the truth.

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Tex

    Jason (3:25pm) Obama is the winner because he is winning the needed number of deleagates and superdelegates You do know how this nomination process works don't you?.

    June 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. tj in fla

    PR votes. Who besides HRC cares?

    June 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. TributeToFatherPfleger

    So it comes down to this. After all the crying and bickering by the Clintons they finally get what they want and (SURPRISE!!!) THEY'RE STILL NOT HAPPY!!!!! Honestly, I don't think anything will make old Hillary happy short of Obama saying "Even though I'm ahead in states won, delegates, superdelegates and in the polls, I'm going to bow out because you are clearly more qualified to be President than I am." Yes, Bill Clinton was a great President who did great things for the country. But just because Hillary is his wife doesn't mean that she'll have the same type of administration. She thinks just because her last name is "Clinton" that the nomination is her birthright. IT'S NOT! Hillary, listen to me carefully honey: THE MATH DOES NOT WORK IN YOUR FAVOR!!!!!! Bow out while you still have a shred of dignity left and let Barack Obama do all of America a favor and do away with John McCain in November so that America will once again find some respect in this world.

    June 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Tim

    Well, perhaps the Clintons could move to Puerto Rico and become the royalty they seem to think they already are.

    King and Queen Clinton.

    June 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Mark

    Jason because Obama is running against McCain, you know the general election, and Hillary is running against herself....lol...

    June 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Lynn in NM

    Who cares??? Puerto Rico CAN NOT VOTE in the general election! If she could keep her opponents (her feet in her mouth) out of the primaries, she might have a chance.

    June 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. lovable liberal

    If Puerto Rico were a state (and it should be if it wants to be), then this would matter. But in 2008, none of these voters will have a say in the November general election.

    June 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. terri

    Who cares she is still a loser and they can't vote in the GE

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. GO MCHILLARY!!!!

    Puerto Rico doesn't get to vote in the general, yet they get to help determine who our nominee is on the democrat side??????? I'm understanding our politics less and less. Also, why couldn't Florida and Michigan just have another election, especially now that people are more educated about their candidates??? Why did they even have their elections early in the first place? None of this makes sense.

    Obama/Paul 2008

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Morgan

    BTW, Let's not forget that Obama tore off double digit wins in a row! Most of them a trouncing. She gets a few big wins and people seem to forget this just pulls her a little closer but still behind. Besides recent polls also say that while Clinton won places like California and New Jersey, those places now back Obama. Take notice superdelagets Obama and Clinton both are beating McCain and winning different swing states more than the other. The electability arguement is moot. Go with the voice of the people and their delegate leader, Obama.

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Kelly, PA

    She's riding on Bill's record and they like Bill.

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. laura

    Lame. Who cares. She needs to drop out instead of dividing the democratic party.

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Sam Kansas City

    The party is split, obviously. If the super delegates make the decision to side with Obama, then they are the ones who will have to deal with the failure of his administration.

    As a Dem, I'll vote for him, but only because I can't stand the thought of a republican in the White House again. But he's not the strongest candidate. And I do hope, by some stroke of luck, he's able to beat McCain in the general election. I think it will be a squeeker, just like the past two have been.

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. rich

    This is Hillary's last dance in the sun. The party has been over, but Hillary kept sticking around. Turn the lights off someone. She can now bow out with whatever dignity she has left. What a fitting setting for her campaign to come to its end.

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Words of Caution

    Jason: Because its not "all of these" its one in a row. It will be followed by losses in Montana and South Dakota. Please stop buying and repeating the spin, it shows a lack of integrity and insults the intelligent!

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Sharon in Florida

    Congratulations Hillary!!! Woo Hoo!!!

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Bill

    Does working at CNN require that you be a Hillary supporter? You guys have got Hillary all over your news. I imagine many people are going elsewhere for real news.

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. TJ

    Wow.. must be a Reallllly slow news day. This is the 9th article in the Ticker on Puerto Rico.. yet only one for Michigan and one for Florida.

    Who do you think CNN supports? Can you say.. Clinton News Network?

    June 1, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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