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. Observer

    This is laughable!!

    Here in Europe we find Clintons pathetic campaign very amusing!

    They consider THIS a victory?? With 3 people from the same family campaigning on one island for decades, id sure hope she'd win!

    In the words of Paul Steinhauser"it was a family affair!"

    June 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. lee

    If Hillary goes independent , I will follow her right out of the Democratic party.

    June 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. FLORIDA For Barack Obama

    Jason said:

    "If Obama is the "nominee" then why is Clinton winning all of these primaries at the end of the race?"
    -----

    Because she is running against herself. Obama has been focusing on the general, not the primaries, they are over. He is the nominee.

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

    What a borefest

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Robin

    Congrats Hillary! We all know the truth....You are the best candidate....see you at the convention! If ob is the nominee.....who will he run to for "spiritual" guidance after McCain slaughters him in the general? bet those ties aren't severed after all.And by the way is he returning all the money the two pastors have given for his election? bet not.

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Chirag Patel

    Go Hillary !!
    Hillary is the only candidate that can take on the mess that the Bush administration will leave behind in January.
    She will win the nomination !

    If not Hillary, the McBush or Barr.

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Enough Schneider

    Is there a reason why "Schneider" insists on posting 7 separate items on the ticker within 2 hours that are all about the same topic (Hillary wins PR and the reasons why)?

    We get it – Puerto Rico loves Hillary and Bill and she won by a big margin. Does it really need to be broken into tiny pieces and posted 7 different ways?

    Or maybe you could just calm down, take a little more time to compose your thoughts and post one article...

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. teresa c

    GO HILLARY!!! WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Rick

    Hillary won big period. I find it fascinating the Yes We Can Clan are so hateful mean spirited and just so Bush like. What a phoney bunch the Opama supporters are. Hillary should be the nominee if not I will vote for Obama. I thought Obama was fresh and new but his supporters the liberal bunch are just as hateful and mean as all the rest. Sad isn't it. The childlish names used against Hillary the uneducated comments it is fascinating. Don't fool yourselves you're just like all the rest of us nothing special about Obama or his supporters. What a joke.

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Julio

    Que verguenza para el pueblo de Puerto Rico!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Nigel

    Can you picture Mrs. Obama being the "First Lady" LOL...what a joke

    June 1, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. M/Florida

    Obviously, there are nothing but supporters of Obama who do not use their computer to research the candidate. I guess you people believe that it is alright to hang out with people who hate the U.S. and declare that they wish they could have bombed more.... He should not even be a Senator, he cheated to get that....he is corrupt, full of hate, proven by the people in his little circle and it will all come out....Hillary needs to stay in; because I think she can WIN....Obama is an empty, corrupt SUIT....at least Hillary knows how many states are in the U.S. and what Memorial Day is.....and which city she is campaigning in...Me thinks the cocaine got to his brain.....too much Obama.....what the dem. committee did yesterday in slicing our votes to 1/2, in Florida, is stunning.....the republicans set our voting date and there was nothing the dems, in Florida, could do about it; they are outnumbered 2 to 1....
    IT IS NOT OVER YET; We will not surrender our country to a man like Obama, the Anti Christ....

    June 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Truth Teller

    SamSunny June 1st, 2008 3:33 pm ET

    "It really isn't a 50-50 popular vote at this point."

    Exactly, that's why delegates are the determining factor. If all the caucus numbers would've been added aalong with every single other popular vote then Clinton wouldn't have had a leg to stand on with this argument. More people have voted for Obama then Clinton. The super-delegates know this too.

    June 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. sarah

    Kudos to Hillary. Now I can't wait until Wednesday when this circus leaves town (I've simply had enough). I would rather focus my energy on Obama vs. McCain in the GE.

    June 1, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    > If Obama is the "nominee" then why is Clinton winning all of these
    > primaries at the end of the race?

    Because he's moved his campaign into focusing on the general election while she's still trying to drum up a few last votes. Anything else I can explain for you?

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Jimenez

    Hillary Clinton is so much better than Obama. Clinton 08

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Florida democrat

    Because Obama is concentrating on the general election and is not putting much effort in these final primaries. As an Obama supporter, I do not agree with his strategy (he should have gone for the knockout) but he did what he did.

    Even I would have probably voted for Hillary if I lived on an island and she spent a lot of time visiting us.

    Now, I wish Clinton and her supporters would help us unite the party by standing strong for Obama over McCain. We can't afford four more years. And for the Clinton supporters, do you really think that the democrat party will support Hillary in four years if her and her supporters ruin the general election for Obama? Do you really think the Obama supporters would not do to Clinton in four years what the Clinton supporters are threatening to do to Obama in the fall?? Come one, wake up and vote TRUE BLUE!!!

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    Conrats Hillary.... You just won a territory that can't vote in the general election... what does this prove? It proves nothing.

    It's time to end this... except the inevitable... you are finished, and you will not win the Nomination.

    It's time to unify this Party... then Unify this country behind the only candidate that makes sense.

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Doris

    Yeah Clinton. Hispanics can pick a winner!

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Kim

    She won the popular vote?

    What about the six caucusses and all the votes that aren't being represented in her numbers.

    June 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Grant

    Exactly Bill, she is running on Bills coat tails, why else would a "strong woman" stay with her husband who has cheated on and publically humiliated her at least 5 times that we know of.....I want my two daughters to be just like Hillary!! What a role model for the women of tomorrow.....

    June 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Sam

    Jason, because it doesn't matter if she lost at the beginning and won
    at the end, or won at the beginning and lost at the end, Hillary has still
    lost because she has less points at the end. Comprende?

    June 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. rod the canuck

    I feel so bad for you Americans. Your political system is so screwed up and corrupt, and not about what is doing right but about what gets the people in power more power. It is actually quite sickening if you sit back and look at it. You have just been told that two states are worth almost nothing, how can you as citizens let that be? This election should be getting back to fixing what is wrong with your country and you are letting this slip by you. A once great country turned into nothing.

    June 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Susan Royersford

    If Obama is the "nominee" then why is Clinton winning all of these primaries at the end of the race?

    Doesn't compute.
    He won Mississippi (March), Oregon, NC abd will win MN and SD

    She won PR ( no help there really), Pa, KY. WV and IN by the chin of her chinny chin chin.

    I do know, looks like a non arguement to me. He's winning as many as she even at the end.

    June 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Jeremy - 23 year old black male for Clinton

    Good job Puerto Rico. I am yet another black male supporting Clinton.

    Yesterday in Washington some vested interests have tried to hijack the will of the voters and mocked democracy. The fundamental of democracy in any country clearly states that 1 person = 1 vote. In no country is a candidate penalised for winning the certified election. Yet the United States Democratic party has made a mockery of the word Democracy and given a tight slap to the very fundamental principle that the United States tries to promote in other part of the world i.e., DEMOCRACY!

    There is no reason left to support a party of cheats. And I request all my learned friends to start supporting for the right Presidential candidate for the United States of America -John McCain.

    June 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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