June 1st, 2008
03:18 PM ET
6 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. Thank You Democrats

    Hillary for governor of Puerto Rico

    Hillary for governor of West Virginia

    Hillary for governor of Kentucky

    Hillary for governor of Pleasant Valley Nursing Home for White Seniors.

    Take your pick Hillary, but you are just not wanted for President.

    June 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. ronda figureoa

    The puerto rican people voted this way because of obama being black. Puerto rican people do not favor Black people running things and there next best alternative is a white woman.

    June 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Paul, FL

    Congratulations H. Clinton!

    Now can we PLEASE concentrate on the REAL election between Obama and McCain?

    June 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Get Real

    Okay CNN! How about reporting low voter turn out in PR?!! Apparently this means nothing. If she was really doing something, there would have been more of a turnout.

    June 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Kim

    If Hillary wants a scorched earth policy can she now change to independent this late in the game?

    June 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Nita

    It's is so great that she won! of course we all knew she was going to take PR. Hispanics I don't think are on the same page as white people on supporting someone just to prove something to themselves or to the world. WE believe in supporting the one that can do the job. Clinton or nothing.

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Jan E

    On her husband's back, that's how she came to the race and that is why she is still in it. ZERO merits!! Only because she is a Clinton. Cannot wait for her to go away!! She divided the party and is trying to steal the election and if there is even a hint of "The Clintons" in Obama administration, this country will be cursed!!

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. kaate Wells

    It is no wonder or surprise Hilary wins Puerto Rico.
    She has made empty promises to grant the Puertos a new Status.
    Hurrah!!!!!! Hilary you are not even anywhere near to getting that nomination, guess what the Michigan and Florida hopes are gone.
    so what is left is to bow out, we know that Bill Clinton promised to fight for you come what may to the last breath, but that won´t change an IOTA.

    We wish to say bye to you on Tuesday buddy... .....
    Give Obama the time to prepare for Mccain fight. We have seen enough of meaningsless DEMS infighting.

    BYE BYE Hillary .... BYE BYE

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Dan

    Oh no. Not a Clinton third term. I would hate to have another 8 years of economic boom.

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Jeremy - 23 year old black male for Clinton

    CNN, please publish the earlier comment I made. Don't make mockery of democracy.

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. RJ, CA

    ARE YOU LISTENING, SUPERDELEGATES?

    "It was a clean sweep for Hillary Clinton in Puerto Rico in every demographic group, even those groups that are usually firmly in Barack Obama's camp."

    ARE YOU LISTENING, SUPERDELEGATES?

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. chitown independent

    chi4Obama,

    Can we use "obama-ite" term, that Hillary Clinton ran a better campaign in PR?

    Your chitown neighbor

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Lorna, NY

    If the Clintons wanted to make Puerto Rico independent, how come he did not do this as president? He had 8 years!

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. TributeToFatherPfleger

    Ok, no more crying from the Hill-bots.She at least got to leave on a high note. It was apparent from the demeanor of a lot of those party leaders that they were sick of Clintons selfish inability to concede for party unity.

    Thank god this is almost over so we can finally sit back and watch the big O tear McGramps a new one.

    June 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Gerard

    Hillary is winning this one by campaigning day and night by three
    familymembers and they went for the third Bill period.
    http:klintons.com Go see this !
    I still cann't figure it out her experience : only evident. in telling lies, cheat and twisting around in front of the whole world. Not a good example for a president of the USA, do you think?

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Chris

    Hillary will not run as an independent. It is too late. Even Ralph Nader who came in as independent in February was only able to get ballots in less than half of the states. Hillary at this point, will not even get 10 states to add her name. So long Hillary. Admit it, you lost.

    Now, get behind Obama and support him as President.

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Ben Ngairorue

    Congrats and thats good for consollation!!!!hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaha

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Dianne

    Hillary has won the most popular votes and is the best candidate to lead our country foward. The reason why Hillary continues to win races even though the media has all but given Obama the election is because America knows that Hillary has experience, knowledge and ability, three things that Obama lacks.

    As this election goes on, the true Obama is emerging. Had Americans known more about him earlier, Hillary would have been the nominee long ago.

    It is time for the "Super" delegates to grow a spine and place their support around the candidate that most Americans have voted for.

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Florida democrat

    Why is CNN not covering the super delegate announcements? It seems like picking up a few super delegates is a bit important; certainly news worthy.

    Shame on Clinton News Network.

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Gwen NC

    I remember when everyone was saying this was Barack's win about 6 weeks ago, what happened, oh yea he can't have everything just because people in power want him to have it. No way he can accomplish what we need done in the WH. Really he should be her VP, that just makes the most sense.
    Clinton first, then McCain, I won't vote for someone with no experience like Obamawho I'm not sure would not give our country away to terrorists.

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Orlando

    I would like to thank both Obama and Hillary for allowing us Puerto Ricans the privilege of participating in this contest. Even if the territory is not allowed the right to vote for the President in the general elections, this is a particularly significant step in achieving equality within the US democratic system.

    LET PUERTO RICO BECOME A STATE OR A FREE NATION – THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO IS HOME TO 4 MILLION HOSTAGES OF THE US CONGRESS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AND ACCELERATE THE PROCESS FOR FREE-DETERMINATION IN PUERTO RICO.

    June 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. joseph

    Why did noone ask Ted Kennedy in 1980( who was trailing by 700 delegates!) to drop out of the race before the Convention? or for that matter Lyndon Johnson in 1964? Hmmmm...you know why...Hillary is winning primaries, and has every right to continue, this is a Democracy..remember? This should go to the Convention, considering how close it is, that is the only "Democratic" way this can be resolved.Obama is not yet our Dictator. How can someone who is still winning be asked to quit? Who are you people? Who do you think you are? She doesnt have to drop out, and guess what, you cant make her., though I'm sure you wish you could. Please people just admit it, you know if this were Ted Kennedy or any other man, they wouldnt be asked to drop out if they were this close.

    June 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. AJ, IL

    Okay...congratulations Hillary. You won a U.S. territory in which over 65% of population speaks Spanish as there first language (and most as their only language), nearly 75% of the population makes $30,000 or less, nearly 65% of those that voted said Bill Clinton is the reason to vote for Hillary and nearly 95% of a population who refer to themselves as Puerto Ricans and not Americans!

    Puerto Ricans can't vote in the general election, so the only result Hillary is hoping for is a large turnout for her popular vote argument.

    June 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. NickSanDiego

    LOL You Hillabots crowing about a trouncing must not know PR s History NOR the fact that winning in PR is about as meaningless as any win can be. Winning the Largest WELFARE STATE in the ( well territory) World that has ZERO input in a general election is about as weak as you can get.

    BUT The Hillabots will CROW as usual as if it is the defining moment of the election and she is WINNING LOL.

    I have $1000.00 that says she tries to claim these votes as POPULAR Votes even though she TOTALLY DIMISSED U.S> Ctizens Votes cast in the Caucas'.... Any Takers????

    June 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. joanne

    looks the Puerto Ricans are as uneducated as ever........who cares!

    June 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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