June 1st, 2008
10:36 AM ET
14 years ago

Puerto Rico kicks off final week of primaries

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/01/puerto.rico/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton greets patrons Sunday at a San Juan, Puerto Rico, bakery."]SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is wrapping up two weeks of campaigning in Puerto Rico on Sunday as voters on the island territory kick off the final week of the primary season.

Puerto Rico has 55 delegates at stake, and polls show Clinton with a comfortable lead over Sen. Barack Obama.

According to a survey conducted for the newspaper El Vocero and Univision, Clinton is leading Obama there 51 percent to 38 percent among all adults in the primary.

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  1. Evelyn

    Be smart , you see how Obama changes his supporters for long time like the pastor and his prist for the ambition of the White House.
    Wait until he get it then hi is goin to throw all the people how supporter now and the people he need in the same way as soon he get his objetives. Dont TRUST in HIM hi dost not has GOD in his hart.

    Only to see his wife and him scare me.

    June 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Jan

    Obama supporters are dreaming if they think Clinton supporters have anything in common with them. Their candidate is a left-wing radical with a questionable past. Clinton is a moderate with different values and is much more of a people person. We are not cultists, that is why my vote will go for another moderate instead of to someone I have no knowledge about and a person who kicks his friends and family in the ribs if he thinks he might lose votes. Obama people think they can"unify" their party? What party? The DNC has proven to be disloyal to its members due to jealousy, sexism or whatever else they have cooked up .They have skewered Clinton over and over and have let Obama get away with many low-life tactics.They have also become too "elite" only welcoming AA and the wealthy to the party. This year, my vote will be McCain

    June 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. pat

    HILLARY YOU WERE ROBBED ,there for you should do just what you said take it to the commite we can not have this man as are president, he,s a racist, his wife is a rscist, there is to much bad baggages with him, to many sorry people in his background an he,s keep them close. WAKE UP AMERICA. there something funny here. THIS A MESSAGE TO JOHN MCCAIN. take HILLARY for you V.P. AN 17 MILLION HILLARY VOTERS WILL VOTE FOR YOU. we now know there is no loyolty in the demacratic party.

    June 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Kate

    The look on Hillary's face says it all. That she really doesn't want to be
    in Puerto Rico, now that MI ad FL ruling won't help her win, there's no
    need to listen to the voters anymore.

    June 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Hillary Supporter/McCain

    As a Clinton supporter, I am not "bitter" or "angry". I just do not like or trust the DNC choice of a candidate. Too radical left. We need someone who can unify the country and that person is not Senator Obama. He has proven it by letting his supporters smear Hillary Clinton and is now starting on John McCain. New kind of politics? I do not think so! Just knows how to manipulate the "victims". (victims–the core of the democratic party)

    June 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. DAN-VA HILLARY 2008


    June 1, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Intelligent and smart, Informed Voters will choose Senator Clinton.

    June 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Bridgette - PA

    And this means what CNN? You, me and everyone else aleady know that P.R. can't vote in the GE. We also know that Barack Obama has this thing pretty much wrapped up. I can't wait until this is over.On second thought, wouldn't it be nice to see Hillary go to the convention floor kicking and screaming! OMG, her career would be OVER. S.D. and Montana.....Make it happen for Barack on Tuesday πŸ™‚


    June 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. marty

    I spoke to my mother in PR and it was interesting. She is supporting Clinton but is not going to vote. She said that most Puerto Ricians feel the same way. 1. Obama is leading and Clinton can't catch up. 2. They are not able to vote in the general elections so their vote really doesn't count. I'm a Obama supporter so I think this is a good thing.

    June 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. susie

    Either Hillary or McCain for President!

    June 1, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. ron

    Get out of the race for the nominee Hillary, and declared
    yourself an independent.

    We need you to run the government in the next 4 years
    with your good pick of adviser.

    We will vote for you. We believed you could win California,
    NY, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and the rest of the
    big states.

    People are tired of the Democrats and the Republican,
    they want a leader that will transform this union back
    to its glorys.

    We believed you are a fighter and thats what We need
    this days, somebody that will stood up against Party
    loyalty when they are wrong.

    Do it now , until you have time, and We will be in your

    June 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. display of democratic comedy

    And the democratic party has the AUDACITY to display in such a public way democracy, at its worst; a handful of party dictators diciding how Florida and Michigan with a combined population of over 22 million fits into the dem party game. Voters of F&M ask yourselves who broke what rules in the first plays to deny you a revote. Obviously the (UN) Democratic party has no use for you now, but wait come November....Vote McCain or Independent.

    June 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Helen

    GOOD LUCK Sen,. Hillary Rodham Clinton

    June 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. 50 year-old Latino for Obama

    Puerto Rico will be her final moment of glory. She'll lose Montana and South Dakota big time, and then a bunch of SDs will go for Obama, handily putting him over the finish line. I just hope this woman can finally quit when EVERY STATE has voted and has been counted. It's time to move on to the general election.

    June 1, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Go Hillary...all the way to the convention!!

    June 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. John Do

    Haha, who ever win this nomination is because that person has to win it.
    I believe that everything happens in this world is already been planed to happen. We just live in the aftermath.
    So dont b dissapointed if your nominee losses this election.
    Cause the world future is already decided before you decide for it.
    You can only decide your own future by choose your own way of life.
    Vote and deciontion are two separate things.
    You can vote for what you desire.
    But the decition is not always that, what you have vote for.

    May GOD Bless all people in us and their aftermath president.

    June 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Rave

    β€œThere is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.”
    "Where There Is No Shame, There Is No Honor "
    "It is no shame to tell the truth."
    This is peaks of Shamelessness... Go Away.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. MD in CT

    It seems to me that when all the primaries for President in 2008 are over, the only truly important popular vote statistic that is of any importance is the popular vote total OF ALL THOSE WHO CAN ACTUALLY VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. While I believe that Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico should be able to vote for the President in 2008, in fact they cannot. Therefore, any claim of popular vote should not include them. Sorry!

    In addition, when you discuss voters there are 2 groups. "They are those who vote in private (at primaries) and those who vote in public (in caucuses). So if you want to decide who has THE POPULAR VOTE MAJORITY, YOU MUST COUNT BOTH. And since some caucuses do not give the number of votes, THIS MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE.

    Spin it, twist it, bend it or manipulate it anyway you want, those are the facts...even with ignoring that delegates and not popular votes determine the nomination.

    June 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. MP-Pennsylvania

    It proves Clintons are divisive. Clinton promised to give PR a statehood within her first term but I didn't hear people asking for it recently.

    Where ever they go, they divide

    They divided people on race and sex, then bluecollar and white collar..

    If Clinton gets the nomination which I doubt and if she wins again I doubt, at the end of her term, dems won't get back to GOP for next many yeras. That's what happened after Bill Clinton's so called legacy.

    Bythe way where was Hillary when Bill was the president for 8 years and why PR was not given statehood then?????

    June 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Antonio Morales

    My name is Antonio Morales, I'm 26, and I am fully excited of what's been going on today in my island, Puerto Rico. It is the first time in my life I notice that our opinion really matters for the mainland political issues!

    I would like to thank CNN for the coverage on our beautiful island, specially for all you've taught our fellow americans about PR.

    I am one of those Puerto Ricans that supports Hillary because of her comitment towards us, ever since she was the First Lady. She enjoys being among us, she is sincere when she talks about us and it is obvious that she will remain caring for our population.

    Even though I support her, I also feel simpathy for Senator Obama. It's a pitty that when we finally have the opportunity to put a woman or a black man in the White House, destiny decides to put them both at the same time πŸ™

    I wish they could both be President! If not, idealy, Let Hillary be Pres first (she's always been ready!) and in 2016, we have Obama!

    Thanks Hill for all the love you've always had for us and remember that it doesn't matter what the final result is, we'll always "have your back"

    Te Queremos Mucho!!!!

    San Juan

    June 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Voice

    Wolf Bliter and Schbeider cannot wait to annoce that Clnton is leading the popular vote at 3:03 on saturday. They cannot wait!

    I cannot wait to see their disappointment and humilation when their projection falls short. I cannot wait to trash their self

    June 1, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Florida democrat

    I am a HUGE Obama supporter but do not like his actions of the past two weeks. With the amount of money he raised for the primary (including some of my money) he should have spent much more time campaigning for these last three states.

    It bothers me that he essentially 'gave up' in many states that he did not feel like he needed to win. His attitude should be "lets try to win them all or get as close as we can in all states". He is playing politics with the primary by just choosing to campaign only in states he is winning in poles and needs to get the number of delegates needed. Maybe if he tried harder in some of the other states, he would have won a few more delegates in each and would have already reached the magic number.

    He should have tried harder in PR and in other states.

    However, unlike many so-called 'democrats', I am pure blue and will vote for which ever candidate wins the nomination. Either one is better than four years of McCain.

    June 1, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Carmen Ortiz

    Tried and at last was successful in speaking with tip line in Washington, D.C. The NY phone would only allow comment which I left.

    Have been watching CNN Puerto Rico coverage – Democratic Primary. Need to correct CNN error about the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) located in Mayaguez.

    The main campus of UPR is In Rio Piedras which is located in the San Juan Metropolitan area. The Mayaguez campus is the RUM or "el Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez," Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mechanicas" or campus for Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.

    June 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. John Black


    June 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Rose

    Having heard all the arguments about Mrs. Clinton popular vote, a small turnout would not seem to reinforce the Clinto campaign argument regarding the (her) popular vote. Her leadership and power as some have stated, did not appear to ring true in Puerto Rico. While Mr Obama may be considered an unknown, but, his delegate count speaks for itself. Perhaps not knowing all there is to know about Mr. Obama is what may be lacking, can ALL that we know about the Clinton's is a guarantee that all we know about them will be well in the White House, should Mrs Clinto be selected over Obama as the democtatic choice?

    Finally, lets not forget that 4 names were not on the Michigan ballott and Mrs. Clinton 17 million popular votes today (her name on Michigan ballott) compared to Mr. Obomas 16 million votes today (his name not on the Michigan ballott) may be a moot point because no one knows what the outcome would have been if ALL the candidates names were on the Michigan ballott.

    June 1, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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