June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
9 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. DCF

    Congrats to the Strongets candidate in either party (which is Hillary). She will end the primary season with a lead in the popular vote despite the Pro-Obama media trying to prevent it from occurring. If the DNC doesn't nominate her then I will extend a congrats to a President McCain. If they do pick Hillary then congrats tho the DNC on taking back the White House. Obama can't win and Hillary can't lose, its that simple.

    June 1, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Bruce

    Way to go, Madame President! We LOVE you, Hillary!

    June 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I am glad Puerto Rico has savey voters that are able to see beyond MoveOn.org's bias against women. Bravo Puerto Rico

    June 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    When Hillary supporters say, "Hillary is a centrist and Obama is a communist/socialist," what they really mean is, "Hillary is white and Obama is black." I'm sorry, I can come to no other conclusion, considering that their platforms are very similar. We know very well that their platforms are very similar, and it wasn't very long ago that Hillary supporters used to knock Obama for "copying" her or saying that he agreed with her on certain things. So, either Hillary is a pinko commie too, or Obama is a moderate. You can knock on Obama all you want, but you can't have it both ways. Like Obama says, "You are entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts."

    June 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Educated

    I have to agree with Chi4Obama...she also won big because Obama only made one stop through Puerto Rico.

    June 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Mike

    Clinton won, WOW. Now she will start whining that she needs PR to be OK'd for them voting in the GE. Let's change that rule since she has been trying to change the rules she agreed to last year. If I was Obama I would of told her Florida and Michigan you want seated with a unsanctioned primary. Fine 50/50 split or get lost loser.

    To all you Hillary supporters you do not need to vote for Obama then vote for McCain and send your children and grandchildren male and female to fight and possibly die in the war that he will start.

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Carlos A. Gaete

    Hillary Clinton represent the old fashion politician who will do anything, even to sink her own party, in order to get what she wants. There is no way, mathematically speaking, that she will get the nomination to represent her party as a presidential candidate, however, it looks that her predicament is: "my way or the highway". She is the best weapon that the Republican has at this moment. Unfortunately, she and her husband had alienated a big sector of democrat women who will not stop until she gets the nomination, which she will not. I can see a huge and deep division among democrats. Thanks, Hillary for helping to keep the republicans in power.

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Doc Sinn

    Puerto Rico does not participate in the general elections. I'm still uncertain as to what HRC is attempting ot accomplish.

    According to her:
    Puerto Rico should count because I'm losing
    FL and MI should count even though I first said it SHOULDNT because...well I'm losing

    Hillary also has stated "I plan to address PR in my first term. Your time as come" while campaigning in Puerto Rico.

    FIRST TERM?? She hasnt even been elected yet and she refers to her "1st Term"??. HRC is doing alot to make Father Goofball(Pfleger) look like Nostradamus.

    HRC puts her desires ahead of the will of the people. Someone else does that, too. GWB. We dont need a female version of the same thing.

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. TJ

    Jason – Because these states are unnecessary in the primary election to make a difference at this point.

    She can win this and the next two, but she will not be able to get as close to the nomination.

    On the other hand, Obama is projected to only need 25 or so Supers by the end of the primaries to clinch the nomination, even with the new number. Hillary would need to win all three contests by more than 75% and get ALL the Supers to come to her side in order for her to get the nod. So you tell me, how could she possible win?

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Anon 1

    Hillary CLinton Needs to form the America Progressive Party and leave the DNC. Also Romney needs to form the America Conservative Party and leave the RNC. This election will be historic in that both major partioes will split into separte parties thus forming 4 major parties in America. How sweet it is?

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Peter


    Only you, Blitzer, John King, Gloria Borger and other Hillary trolls in CNN jump up and down as if this primary really matters. Even MSNBC and Fox aren't doing the gravel to gravel coverage of an unimportant prmary. Don't worry your queen Hillary will be out of the race. Bye Bye CNN. I stopped watching you a long time ago. You lost a loyal CNN viewer to MSNBC.

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Matt Canoga Park

    If only they were a state it would actually do her some good. But its not really a surprise considering she got elected in New York which has one of the highest Puerto Rican populations of any state. It just reafirms a state she previously won.

    But since Puerto Rico chooses not to be a state their opinion really does nothing to change the already pre decided outcome.

    Hillary is just having fun in the sun in the last few days of her political career. I could not think of a more obnoxious picture CNN. She looks like a back up singer for Menudo.

    June 1, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. terri

    She should have done well there her and her family has lived there for almost a week and a half telling those people any and everything they wanted to hear.

    But it's a little to late we all ready have a democratic nominee and his name is OBAMA

    Goooooooo Obama

    We will win PR in the GE oh yeah they can't vote LOL

    June 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. jackson smith ny ny

    It's unfortunate that so many have been influenced by the charm and eloquence of Obama for the race this year. With reason and planning, the Dems could have had the next four terms of the White House locked up. Sadly, it looks as though with Obama as the nominee this time around, they are going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and we'll all be subjected to the McBush third term. Very sad indeed.

    June 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. JAM

    I like the way Brazile and the rest of them are trying to downplay PR's importance because they cannot vote in the GE. I doubt she would have done this if Obama had won it.

    June 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. N.

    Puerto Rico voters are savvy to see beyond MoveOn.org's bias against women.


    June 1, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Mia

    Now let's ask Mexico who they think would make the better President. So what if they don't vote in the general election. Because all the really matters is padding the popular vote–which doesn't elect President's anyway.

    If its the delegates and electoral college she's mad at, she should have pushed for a change in how we elect presidents years ago. She changed the rules in mid-game, not the DNC.

    I'm just happy she's not going to be President. I'll take either Obama or McCain over her.

    June 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. M Johnson

    "Roosevelt in Trinidad"... a great song.

    June 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Bridget

    Keep going Hillary, take it to the convention, challenge the DNC for hijacking some of your votes in Michigan. You are the most experienced. Your victory today shows the strength. Women stand with you and I believe after yesterday we are detemined to stick to our convictions till November whatever happens and if you are denied the nomination we should all become Independents and divorce the Democratic Party.

    June 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Question

    Obama's supporters are dominant Clinton's supporters in every article on this CNN. Why? Simple, they have more time, jobless, no work, and nothing for them to worry because Taxes of Clinton's supporters will support for their living. It is sad, but true.

    June 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. shayne

    McGovern, Humphrey, Dukakis, Kerry, Obama all equal an unhappy ending in November. It's hilarious to watch Democrats strive to nominate the most unelectable candidate. I guess it's hard to argue against another most certain unspeakable failure at this point in time because no one is listening.

    By November, Obama will be remembered as an empty shell of do-nothing, say-nothing, talk-big, walk-small candidate. One and a half years in the senate hardly a presidential candidate makes. No policies, no initiatives, no experience add up to a another giant loss in a string of giant losses.

    McGovern, Humphrey, Dukakis, Kerry, Obama. A daisy chain of defeats!

    June 1, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. N.

    ~ Write in Hillary Clinton in November. ~

    June 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. NickSanDiego

    Not Impressed!

    Hillary didn't even need to show _ up in PR to win. It is BILL they are paying back. WHO doesn't know this?

    Bill continued to allow and even advanced the PR agenda to continue to refuse to vote for state status so they can remaln the LARGEST WELFARE state and STILL PAY NO U.S. TAXES!!

    They vote down the pursuit of STATEHOOD every time to keep their sweetheart deal.

    If more U.S. Citizens knew how much of their money goes to PR they would be as upset as they are about the Illeagal immigrant issue.

    June 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. THINK

    Like other Hispanics, Puerto Ricans conducted this whole spectacle as if it were a festival. They get played easily when the Clintons take advantage of their vulnerable emotions. They certainly do not separate their personal feelings from the greater good of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. That's what it boils down to, not what to do to get poor Hillary a big win. THINK.

    June 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. BS

    Barack Obama continuing to hold a 52% to 42% lead over Hillary Clinton in the presidential nomination preference among Democratic voters nationwide.

    But in PR it would seem to be that they are stuck in an age of antiguity. They do not know what is going on in the society.

    June 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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