Clinton Wins Puerto Rico, Obama Closer to Nomination

Hillary Clinton won yet another primary today but, thanks to the Democrats’ Special Olympics-style delegate allocation method, Barack Obama edged closer to the party’s presidential nomination.

Hillary Rodham Clinton cruised toward a largely symbolic victory Sunday in Puerto Rico’s presidential primary, the final act in a weekend of tumult that brought Barack Obama tantalizingly close to the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We’re going to win big here today,” Clinton’s campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe predicted Sunday as Puerto Ricans cast ballots in a race with 55 delegates at stake. A pre-election poll backed him up, showing Clinton favored by 65 percent of the votes to 35 percent for Obama.

Obama was on track to gain at least 14 delegates, bringing him within 50 of the 2,118 needed for the nomination.

If nothing else, we’ll be spared exit polls showing Obama’s poor showing among white, working class voters.

The article sidebar links a CNN has a video report with the title “Puerto Rico a Game Changer?” The short answer is No. The rationale behind the question — whether this could give Clinton a lead in the “popular vote” — is slightly more interesting.

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Comments

  1. Jim Henley says:

    I love the fact that the Clintons have been arguing BOTH that: They’ve won states with more electoral votes in the general so they’re winning, AND, they’re sort of “ahead in the popular vote” if you include Puerto Rico, which has ZERO electoral votes come November, so they’re winning.

  2. Anderson says:

    “Hillary Clinton Wins Votes of People Ineligible to Vote for President.”

    Next, she’ll be campaigning in France.

  3. James Joyner says:

    Expecting consistency from a Clinton is like expecting stripes on a leopard, methinks.

  4. G.A.Phillips says:

    Or stains on a dress.

    Ya I know it don’t make no sense, or does it?

  5. cynic456 says:

    the commenters above should feel some sense of shame. It is sad that Puerto Rico, whose residents pay federal taxes, and whose sons serve in the military. Puerto Ricans were made US citizens and were then drafted to go to Viet Nam etc. should be discounted so lightly. If they can give their lives and money to the US then their vote counts, even if it does not for the GE. I personally believe that every US territory which requires its people to pay taxes and whose men were drafted, and serve in the military should have the right to have their voice heard in the GE, even if they are a commonwealth. Clinton has served Purto Rico for many years and went there after the hurricane etc. Although not responsible for PR she has been a de facto Senator for them.

    One of the positive things this long race has accomplished is that it has brought to light many issues in many states/areas normally not considered important because the nomination races are over before they get to these peoples states. These issues were covered by the press nationally. People in these states got to have a voice for the first time in decades in more ways than one.

  6. Anderson says:

    It is sad that Puerto Rico, whose residents pay federal taxes, and whose sons serve in the military. Puerto Ricans were made US citizens and were then drafted to go to Viet Nam etc. should be discounted so lightly.

    Dude, don’t call yourself “cynic” & then attack us for being cynical.

    I’m happy for PR to become State No. 51 (or No. 52, behind DC), but the fact is that it is not, and there are no Electors from PR.