Clinton Wins Puerto Rico Easily

But turnout in victory likely insufficient to give her an edge with popular vote
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2008 2:23 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for photos at the Kaslata Bakery in San Juan, as she campaigns on primary day in Puerto Rico, Sunday, June 1, 2008.    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton was projected to win the Puerto Rico primary by a wide margin today as polls closed, but turnout was estimated to be lower than the 700,000 that Bill Clinton said would support her emphasis on the popular vote. Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea Clinton had spent a combined 15 days campaigning in the primary once seen as a footnote, MSNBC reports.

CNN estimated turnout at 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," a local political analyst told the network. Interest was further diminished as the island does not have general-elections voting rights.