March 24th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Puerto Rico officially moves up its Democratic vote

(CNN) - Puerto Rico’s primary date has officially been switched to Sunday, June 1, making Montana and South Dakota’s June 3 primaries the year’s final Democratic presidential nominating contests.

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws committee approved Puerto Rico’s revised delegate selection plan on Monday afternoon. The territory was previously scheduled to hold caucuses on June 7, but Puerto Rico Democratic Party officials said that the June 7 date listed on its original plan was the result of a typo.

Under Puerto Rico law, the event must be held on the first Sunday in June, but the original plan mistakenly listed the June 7 date, which is the first Sunday in June 2009, not 2008.

Puerto Rico Democrats originally planned to hold caucuses, not anticipating that the Democratic presidential race would continue to be competitive into June. According to Puerto Rico party officials, the change was made to a primary to improve voter turnout and also to minimize any voting confusion that may stem from the caucus process.

The last competitive Democratic primary in Puerto Rico was in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter narrowly edged Sen. Ted Kennedy.

There are 55 delegates at stake in Puerto Rico - 36 district-level delegates will be elected at the June 1 primary; another 19 statewide delegates will be chosen at the state convention on June 21, but that selection will be based on the June 1 primary results. The territory also has 8 superdelegates.

Puerto Rico has more delegates at stake at its primary than 34 other states and territories, making it one of the biggest prizes of the remaining 10 contests.

The Rules and Bylaws Committee also approved some procedural modifications to the Guam caucuses, scheduled for May 3, but no substantive changes were made.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. okay

    Now just count the millions of votes in Michigan and Florida and give those Americans as much of a voice as Puerto Rico.

    At least it will be a primary. The Caucus system really catered to the thug tactics of the Obama fringe. Bully everyone into submission and if that doesn't work, call them all racists.

    Hillary's demographic is less suited to the caucus system. We work and have obligations, some of us are elderly and are not as active and mobile.

    March 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Bayou Joe

    Puerto Ricans will vote for Hillary. They do not owe anything to Obama and everything to the Clintons. Go Hillary or McCain if she doesn't get it. HOORAH.

    March 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. William

    Borinqueno in Texas for Hillary.

    Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!!

    Go Hillary 08!!

    March 24, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Sd


    Obama was there a while back for a fundraiser and he did not talk to the people there or the media. So he was just interested in the money and nothing else. PR said to obama stay out do not come here again.
    Funny he will go back I'm sure they will give him the cold shoulder.
    The PR governor endorsed obama but he is under investigation. Another boneheaded mistake obama? He keeps attracting these corrupt people everywhere he goes.

    Go Hillary

    March 24, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. LucieLee

    Nice~!! letting a territory decide who the nominee will be...that's even worse than the superdelegates....!!

    March 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. latino appeal

    Latinos unite behind the true champion of the people- Hillary.

    She will leave no one behind. She will represent us ALL.

    Obama, well, clearly he has his agenda.

    Let's right this wrong and bring Hillary back. The democrats in Florida and Michigan had their vote stolen from them. You can show your solidarity with those voters and restore truth and justice.

    Muchas Gracias.

    March 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. T. Viviano

    . . .That could only mean one thing: OBAMA"S ON THE PROWL.

    Yes we can!

    March 24, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Latino unity

    Latinos unite.

    Beware the wolf in sheep's clothing. He'll find some way to disown you in the end.

    Hillary is tried and true. She has never wavered in her quest to stand up for the people and to work for the disenfranchised and to make us a better people. A better people is a people without hatred and division. A better people is a people who work for justice for all.


    March 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. hoang, UC Berkeley

    PR can change to primaries and change their primaries' date.

    March 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. LeRoy

    Ok all my fellow Democrats..people its time everyone took a good look at ourselves and asked do we need to take the whitehouse back..If the answers yes then we all should vote and stand behind Hillary ...If not JOHN MCcain will waltz right in and sit right down in the oval office...The writing is on the wall people....Do you think for a minute all those people at cnn and msnbc is really that fond of Obamo?..NOT!!...cant you see theyre baiting everyone then come december watch them all be singing a different tune..most all on msnbc are republicans...And god only knows what jack cafferity is!!!

    March 24, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. hoang, UC Berkeley

    PR can change to primaries and change their primaries' date.
    I thought the election should be ALL ABOUT PEOPLE!!!!

    March 24, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. mary

    When they say Obama is ahead in the National Polls, thats not correct. THEY DIDN"T COUNT MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA!!!

    March 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Thomas For Hillary

    Some of you Obama people get on my last nerve. If he is so good and everyone likes him he will take the Puerto Rico Primary, primary or caucus. The Obama supporters seem to forget, there won't be ANY CAUCUSES in the General. What is wrong with Puerto Rico wanting to change to a primary, it's easier. You go in, vote, and leave, and you don't have to sit around for hours arguing over who you think is best and all that crap. Take note Obama fans, their won't be any caucuses in the general election to save him.

    March 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. obamamama

    I told my kids that anyone that through 20 years of racially hateful speech have no standing to preach racial unity. Especially if they raised their kids in that church by choice.The friends you keep tells people a lot about you,they are the relatives we have chosen for our family.I'll never vote for a bigot.White or black.Say no to bigotry,say no to Obama.

    March 24, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. sozzi

    The Clintons are in for a surprise if they think Puerto Rico is like texas, california, and new mexico. Puerto Ricans are different than the hispanics that have already voted for the Clintons.

    Puerto Rico for Obama.

    March 24, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Austin, Texas

    lol @ all you ignorant people saying Clinton did this.

    If you had been paying attention at all, Puerto Rica had sent in the request to move from caucus to primay a month or so ago. They realized the caucus system is flawed, and that the caucus system itself disinfranchises hundreds if not thousands of voters. The Texas two step is proof of that. Also, Hillary still won the popular vote overall even counting the caucus, yet Obama won more delegates. Another reason delegate counts are worthless.

    Hillary had nothing to do with Puerto Rico turning from caucus to primary. They just realized how undemocratic the caucus's were.

    March 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. indie is iowa

    What is wrong with it being changed, I think primaries are better. This coming from the first caucus in the nation. Attending caucus is time consuming and shift workers can not participate. Yes I go to raise my hand, however it does take alot of work (getting the kids feed before we go, having things there t keep them occupied in the 2 or more hours it takes, hoping that it gets done before I have to leave to put the kids to bed, arranging to leave early from work to attend). Primaries are a true democratic process when every vote counts, caucus are for activist and young people. I could love Iowa to have a primary even if we lost our first in the Nation status.

    March 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. New Yorker in Florida

    Al Clinton Supporter like me. PL of FL, MI

    We need to vote McCain if Obama chosen by Dems

    March 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Monica, Texas

    News Flash......

    "Puerto Rico Governor Endorses Obama ... note that early last month, Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo-Vila officially endorsed Barack Obama for President"

    March 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Anette

    As the daughter of a Latino father and an African American mother. I know that my family on the island will vote and will support Obama. We have a similar heritage and we are a loyal people.

    Obama 08'

    March 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    Geez I bet the Clintons had something to do with that concidering she does better in primary's. Here you go again changing the rules!! Go figure politics as usual. Why does Puerto Rico have more delegates than 34 states? How stupid is that.

    March 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Mi

    To those of you how think Obama is so smart the fact is if you don't vote in the Primary, you don't get to vote in the general, so Obama will never win in FL or MI because it don't count and the dumb butt keeps rejecting a revote, so the fact is the Rep. will have it in FL and MI, Obama is so Smart,he will lose without a doult, if it comes to it.

    March 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Eddie P.

    If the rules can be changed for Puerto Rico. The same should apply to Florida and Michigan. The Democratic party is totally screwd up. Fortunately moving the Puerto Rico Primary up will have no or little impact on the final outcome of which candidate takes more delegates from that state. Unfortunately for the democratic party's refusal to have a revote in Florida and Michigan will have a direct impact on which democratic candidate will have more delegates and popular vote. The democratic party's decision not to have a new primary in Florida or Michigan will hand the white house back to the republicans. More Iraq, more job losses, more mortgage crisis, more contracts to foreign countries and a definite RECESSION if not A DEPRESSION.

    March 24, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Trev

    Yes, it is all part of Hillary's plan. One question for Obama supporters. If the race is "over" why does it matter? Could it be that the race is not over? Hmmmmmmmmmm.

    March 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Roger Burrows, Canada

    It really is sad to watch the Democrat candidates sniping at eachother through their surrogates. It reminds me of the old saying "your friends are your worst enemies". What's going on is also reminiscent of the Fall of the Roman Empire where the senators were so busy infighting that they failed to notice that their control of their empire was crumbling all around them. Take warning.

    March 24, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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