Island Catches Clinton Fever
Hillary Clinton scored a huge win in Puerto Rico on Sunday, though she still needs an argument for the superdelegates. The candidate was hoping for major gains in the popular vote, but a local politico tells CNN that Puerto Ricans, who can’t vote in the general election, were less enthusiastic than mainland primary goers: “Most people in Puerto Rico, I would venture to guess, they are not even aware that there’s a primary going on.”
Update: In her victory speech, Clinton claimed to lead in the popular vote. This is true only if one counts voters in Michigan, where Barack Obama’s name wasn’t even on the ballot, but not caucus states, which Obama mostly won. That’s more than just a stretch — it doesn’t even make sense. Why on Earth discount caucus goers?
Clinton’s campaign has been arguing that a landslide victory would push her ahead in the popular vote and help her convince superdelegates to pick her instead of Obama.
To cross that threshold, she would need to win 65 percent of the vote with a turnout of at least 2 million people.
But Luis Hector, an elections official, said only 1.5 million ballots were printed.
CNN estimates turnout will be between 325,000 and 425,000.
“Most people in Puerto Rico, I would venture to guess, they are not even aware that there’s a primary going on,” said Luis Pabón-Roca, a local political analyst.