Clinton headed for victory in Puerto Rico primary

Clinton will win the Puerto Rico primary but will not win all the 60 delegates that were at stake there.

Ben Ariel , | updated: 5:12 AM

Sanders and Clinton
Sanders and Clinton

Hillary Clinton will win the Puerto Rico Democratic primary, CNN projects Sunday night, putting her on the cusp of clinching the party's presidential nomination.

Clinton is not expected to win all 60 delegates that were at stake in Puerto Rico, which would have put her over the top in the nomination battle against rival Bernie Sanders. She remains shy of the 2,383 she needs to win the Democratic nomination after a blowout victory Saturday in the Virgin Islands.

While Puerto Rican residents cannot vote in the general election, the island's politics could reverberate into the fall campaign, according to the network.

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have left the island to escape a dismal economy, with many resettling in the key electoral battleground of Florida.

Both Sanders and Clinton have pledged to help as the island's government tries to restructure $70 billion worth of public debt the governor has said is unpayable.

Clinton is comfortably ahead of Sanders in the delegate count, and has basically shifted the focus of her campaign from Sanders to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Last Thursday, Clinton gave a speech in San Diego in which she blasted Trump’s  foreign policy platform, which she described as "dangerously incoherent".

"Donald Trump's ideas are not just different, they are dangerously incoherent," she said, adding, "They're not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies."

Trump fired back by saying Clinton's speech "was such lies about my foreign policy."

On Friday, a Reuters poll found that Clinton has opened up a double-digit lead over Trump.

Some 46 percent of likely voters said they supported Clinton, while 35 percent said they supported Trump, and another 19 percent said they would not support either, according to the survey of 1,421 people conducted between May 30 and June 3.

With the double-digit lead, Clinton appears to be regaining ground after the New York billionaire briefly tied her in Reuters poll last month.