March 24th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
13 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. lodigg

    More breaking the rules and using every tactic to win–switching for caucases to primary. Stop it Clintons!

    March 24, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. aware

    Good for Puerto Rico!

    There will be no unity as long as the divisive figure of Barack stalks politics 08.

    It would be nice to believe the Barack myth. Barack has spun a story that feeds the American hero/messiah complex.

    If he could delete his 20 year soaking in the mentor/pastor relationship of Rev. Wright, it might have credibility. However, because Barack chose to embrace the ideology of black liberation his beautiful words of one America in a presidential run lack authenticity and integrity.

    If Barack wants to be part of a movement to lift up blacks, the bully pulpit of the presidency is not the place to do it. The presidency is the bully pulpit to lift up all people. Barack should seek a new mentor who can give him discernment/wisdom on a broader scale for a few years. Then his gift of Hawaiian "Talk Story" might be more appropriate for a presidential run. 🙂

    Barack is premature in his presidential run. His racial conflict is conflicting America. It is not primarily race but head and heart that are conflicted. We want to believe the myth but our head says, wait a minute!

    Not in 2008 or 2012 Barack!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 or McCain! 🙂

    March 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Miguel Arias

    All the Latinos I know are voting for Obama.
    El Pueblo quiere un Cambio.
    Si se puede mi hermano.

    Viva Barack Obama

    March 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. John in PA

    I highly doubt that Hillary had anything to do with changing the date.

    March 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Plainsman

    Well, there went my slim hope that South Dakota and Montana might count for once. We'll just get out of your hair DNC and contemplate how states that don't try to set themselves above the others get lost in the cracks.
    Oh and everyone pittying Mi and Fl, just remember this is all their doing and besides they're getting all the attention they wanted in the first place. Trust me when all the Noms are settled these two states will get more attention before November than any others. Their voices will probably be louder than anyone elses.

    March 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Alvaro Aguirre, Kansas

    Hillary Clinton will win Puerto Rico by a landslide. The puertoriquenos will not vote for a black man like Obama. A man who does not have experience, who lies about the inflamatory commnets by his Pastor, a man who has not done nearly as much as the Clintons have done for the latino community. You are done in Puerto Rico Obama!!!

    March 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Ratgurl

    For those of you questioning the legality of the change, read this:

    "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."

    Clearly there was a typo, or a negligent person handling the officiating paperwork. You can't hold their own law against them. And by the way, MI & FL moved their primaries up because they wanted to have a say in how the primaries turned out SOONER than the Super Tuesday vote (kind of like a "ME FIRST" attitude). The rule to strip them of their delegates was voted on LAST YEAR! They CHOSE to accept the consequences of moving their primaries.

    Now they can deal with it!

    Puerto Ricans, I urge you to support Obama, for all his fairness & generosity.

    March 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Eddie P.

    It apears the DNC can make no mistake. what a bunch of IDIOTS. It's O.K. for them to make a mistake that would have us holding the Puerto Rico caucas in JUNE OF 2009. Stupidity, Mistake , a year ahead of themselves. Whatever!!! Give Florida and Michigan The same respect and allow a revote. This whole thing has been a total disaster, and the members of the DNC are completely responsible for this all mess . One way or another the DNC should figure out a way to have a redo in Florida and Michigan if they really care about the party and the voters in those states.

    March 24, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Медведев

    LatinoNation, everyone knows you are a white hillbilly rube, so shut up. Has anyone noticed that most Hillary supporters can't spell the name of their own candidate, have poor grammar, can't spell, and can't form complete sentences. They also can't watch anything longer than 30 seconds without becoming bored or distracted. I am sensing a pattern here, these are the same people that voted W. into the whitehouse in 2000 and 2004! Don't lay the smack-down if you can't take the smack-down!

    March 24, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Go, Hillary 08!

    Latinos for Clinton, yeah!

    March 24, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. aliou salam, Jacksonville FL

    Clinton had 8 wholeyears to reform health care in america. She stalled it.

    She is now forcing the american and democrats, to give her another 8 years to toy with. Clinton, is playing you as she played bill clinton to give her the health care against his will.

    Dont' buy it.

    She can't handle not having her candy.

    March 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Edward J. McDonald

    Tell Al and Jesse until they demand a re-vote in Fla. and Michigan they are and continue to be phonies. Back in 2000 and 2004 all you heard was their demands over voters rights. Now that their fellow Black man is involved they say play by the rules. They owe Bush and the republicans an apology. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Double standards is the only race issue that concerns white voters ask them hyonestly. Don't ask with all you Liberal white guilt so afraid that an honest question might get you called a racist. Poverty is the big issue not race.

    March 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Yolanda Diaz

    Yes all Latinos should vote for Clinton, Puerto Rico is Clinton territory – Go Hillary go

    March 24, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    Thank you Peurto Rico, no more caucuses. Let all the people vote, not just the few who either don't even work or can afford to take off to stand around for hours to caucus. Hillary won Nevada where people could vote at work. A voting booth is how all states should be. I could not phycially stand for hours to vote, thus I would be disenfranchised.

    March 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. jonsey


    March 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. rasil


    thanks for saying what I thought. If she thinks she will win Puerto Rico, she is really dreaming. I have faith in my Puerto Rican brothers ansd sisters. Thanks for driving it home. I hope Hillary loses exponentially. Si podemos!! Si podemos. I agree Latinos in New Mexico, FLA, and Texas are different. Truth be told Hillary cares no more for Latinos than she does African Americans (AA) or any people of color, and we no longer care for her either. She no longer has the support of AA so she now courts Latinos. Latinos wake up! She is a fraud and is hoodwinking you also. She will do ANYTHING to get back into the White House. Please God, do NOT allow her back. No more Bushes or Clintons.

    March 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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