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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Latino Voters and Black Voters - the Puerto Rico Democratic Primary

Why is it that many black bloggers don't understand the need to build coalitions with the Latino, Native American, Asian and Anglo American community? Those who want Obama to win will need to build coalitions real soon. hopefully afrosphere members attending the DNC will help build coalitions.

CNN reports Hillary Clinton will win the Puerto Rico Democratic primary by a wide margin, CNN projects. She swept Sen. Barack Obama in every major demographic group, including groups he generally does well in, such as younger voters and higher income voters, exit polls suggest. Read More HERE

CBS News also projects Hillary Rodham Clinton will defeat Barack Obama in the Puerto Rico presidential primary.

Puerto Rico Results

Puerto Rico's primary was the final act in a weekend of tumult that brought Obama tantalizingly close to the Democratic presidential nomination.

In a CBS News poll conducted by telephone among likely voters in Puerto Rico, 74 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Clinton, while 53 percent had a favorable opinion of Obama.

Seventy-two percent of those polled in Puerto Rico said that Clinton shares their values, and 54 percent said that Obama does.

Women made up 43 percent of Puerto Rico's likely Democratic voters, and 61 percent of them supported Clinton, while 30 percent backed Obama. Fifty-seven percent of likely voters were men, and they also supported Clinton 61 percent to 35 percent.

"We're going to win big here today," Clinton's campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe predicted as Puerto Ricans cast ballots in a race with 55 delegates at stake.

Obama's aides countered that even so, the 46-year-old Illinois senator would amass the 2,118 delegates needed to claim the nomination within days. "We hope this week, absolutely," said spokesman Robert Gibbs. Montana and South Dakota hold primaries on Tuesday, the last of the primary campaign season.

Gibbs' confidence reflected the outcome of Saturday's meeting of the Democratic Party's rules and bylaws committee. Before an audience that jeered and cheered by turns, the panel voted to seat disputed delegations from Michigan and Florida, but give each delegate only one-half vote rather than the full vote sought by the Clinton campaign.


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