Puerto Rico Heads to the Polls
The island of Puerto Rico turns out today for the third-to-last Democratic presidential primary. Anne E. Kornblut and Shailagh Murray set the stage:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 31 -- Almost five months after the Democratic campaign season officially began on a freezing Tuesday in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) appears headed toward a last easy victory here today in a contest that has been largely overshadowed by the efforts of party officials to bring the nominating process to an orderly close....
Clinton continued to focus on Puerto Rico in the hope that it would move her closer to securing a victory in the overall popular vote in the primary season. She spent Saturday on a presumptive victory lap around the island's capital, leading a caravan through neighborhoods on a flatbed truck blaring music.
"Campaigning in Puerto Rico is like one long Puerto Rican Day Parade," Clinton said at one stop, referring to the annual celebration in New York City. "It is incredibly energizing, exciting."
Puerto Rico will award 55 pledged delegates, not enough to put Clinton within striking distance of Obama, who made his only visit to the island last weekend. Instead, Clinton is hoping to add her share of the 500,000 or so likely voters to her popular-vote total and to assert that she is now in close enough range for uncommitted superdelegates to consider choosing her. The final two states with primaries on Tuesday have far fewer delegates at stake -- 15 in South Dakota and 16 in Montana -- and both appear to favor Obama.
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June 1, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
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