Hillary Clinton Wins Puerto Rico Democratic Primary, Leads Popular Vote Over Obama
by Steven Ertelt
June 2, 2008
San Juan, Puerto Rico (LifeNews.com) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rico presidential primary on Sunday with more than a two-to-one advantage over her pro-abortion rival Barack Obama.
Clinton won 68 percent of the vote and the backing of 263,120 voters compare to Obama’s 32 percent and 121,458.
Exit polling data showed Clinton won convincingly among both men and women, across all age groups, and across all educational categories.
Although it appears Obama will likely become the Democratic nominee, Clinton will be able to make some important claims following the final primary elections in Montana and South Dakota on Tuesday.
She may wind up with an overall lead in the number of popular votes of all Democrats participating in the primaries and she may prevent Obama from achieving the number of delegates needed to officially become the primary nominee.
"When the voting concludes on Tuesday, neither Sen. Obama nor I will have the number of delegates to be the nominee," Clinton said after the Puerto Rico primary. "I will lead the popular vote; he will maintain a slight lead in the delegate count.
Obama leads in the overall delegate count 2,070 to Clinton’s 1,915 and a candidate needs 2,118 to claim the Democratic nomination. Obama is 48 delegates short of the total needed to win the nomination and Clinton is 203 delegates short.
In Puerto Rico, Clintons vote tally allowed her to win 39 pledged delegates compared to 17 for Obama, a gain of 21 delegates.
There are 31 delegates up for grabs in South Dakota and Montana and 205 super delegates who say they remain uncommitted to either candidate. Obama has a 52 to 35 percent lead over Clinton in Montana, according to a May 25 Mason-Dixon poll
Meanwhile, if all of the votes in the primary contests are counted, not including the state caucuses where not all votes are tabulated, Clinton leads in the popular vote 17,461,845 to Obama’s 17,244,762. Those figures assume all of the uncommitted votes in Michigan are given to Obama.