May 3rd, 2008
07:49 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama edges Clinton in island squeaker

(CNN) — Barack Obama has won the Guam Democratic caucuses by a margin of 7 votes.

With all of Guam’s precincts reporting, Obama won 2,264 votes (50.1 percent) to 2,257 votes (49.9 percent) for Hillary Clinton, his sole remaining rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Obama led the vote count throughout the day and had a 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent advantage over Clinton by late afternoon. Clinton then won the sole remaining precinct - Guam’s largest village of Dededo - by a 61.9 percent to 38.1 percent margin, which brought her to within 7 votes of Obama in the overall tally.

Polls closed at 6 a.m. eastern time Saturday, but vote counting on the U.S. territory took over 13 hours to finalize.

Obama and Clinton will split the U.S. territory's four pledged delegate votes evenly, with two apiece.

The win gives Obama his 31st victory of the campaign, including his win in the Texas caucuses in March. Clinton has won 16 contests, including the Texas primary.

The battle for the Democratic nomination next heads to Indiana and North Carolina, which both will hold primaries on Tuesday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Delegates • Guam • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. DEBBIE

    You know what I DON"T BELIEVE IT! CNN you showed Obama winning GUAM at 95% REPORTING WINNING BY 6 OR 7% AND THEN IT WENT OFF THE SCREEN FOR OVER 2 HOURS AND CAME BACK WITH 100% REPORTING 50%-50% WINNING BY 7 POINTS – I'M SORRY – I DON'T BELIEVE THAT! SOMEBODY CALLED GUAM AND HAD TO CHEAT!

    May 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. sarah

    Obama supporters are particulary nasty today. Why? He won by 7 votes.

    May 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Vig

    7 votes? I would count and recount those votes.

    May 3, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. dkobalt88

    POLL: FORGET GUAM, MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE OBAMA IS LYING ABOUT REV. WRIGHT

    58% of Americans believe he denounced Wright solely for political convenience, not from real outrage.

    56% of Americans believe he shares Wright's views.

    http://12counts.wordpress.com/20...t-real-outrage/

    These are devastating numbers. Obama is clearly unelectable. Voters and superdelegates, take note.

    May 3, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Jim T

    hey cnn(clinton news network), GET OFF THE WRIGHT CASE ALREADY, and start covering guam

    May 3, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Donna

    HE WAS SUPPOSED TO WIN GUAM WITH EASE !!
    WHAT HAPPENED!!
    DO THEY HAVE TV IN GUAM MAYBE SOME OF THEM DO AND HAVE SEEN THE REV WRIGHT SENERIO.

    FOX NEWS PUT IT BEST THEY SAID THAT IF THE REV WRIGHT STORY WOULD HAVE BROKE BEFORE SUPER TUESDAY OBAMA WOULDN'T EVEN BE HERE NOW.

    GOING ON THE BLOGS AFTER REV WRIGHT, SO MANY PEOPLE IN
    OTHER STATES THAT HAVE ALREADY HAD THEIR PRIMARIES HAVE BEEN SAYING THEY WISH THEY WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA, SEVERAL EVEN SAID SORRY AMERICA I VOTED FOR OBAMA IN MY STATE!

    PEOPLE HAVE TO BE SMART ENOUGH TO SEE THE OBVIOUS, OBAMA HAS AN ADD OUT STATING EXPERIENCE IS WHAT SUNK THE TITANIC, ADMITTING HE HAS NONE , IS THIS OBAMA TAKING FOR GRANTED THAT WE ARE ALL THAT STUPID THAT WE NOW THINK EXPERIENCE IS BAD???? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF THE MILLIONS OF COMPARISONS YOU COULD MAKE SHOWING IF YOU HAVE A LACK OF EXPERIENCE IT WOULD BE DISASTEROUS? LIKE SKY DIVING, OR SCUBA DIVING OR RACE CAR DRIVING OR WINDOW CLEANIND UP 50 FLOORS IN THE AIR, THERE IS MANY THINGS IN EVERYDAY LIFE YOU MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE FOR BUT i GUESS RUNNING AMERICA IS A CAKE WALK, NO NEED FOR EXPERIENCE. NEXT TIME MY 12 YEAR OLD KID WANTS TO DRIVE THE CAR I'LL SAY SURE HERES THE KEYS!

    May 3, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. juang

    I think the Clintons are up to no good.

    Guam is Obama territory. How in the world does she get almost half the votes? Those people don't like her or her sleezy husband.

    Something is fishy.

    May 3, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. ba

    to sharon:

    obama was never projected to win big in guam. even winning by FIFTY percent would have netted him only TWO more pledged delegates. this was simply never the expectation. you are continuing the clinton machine's tactics of baseless smears and spin, spin, spinning until you puke. you are welcome to support any candidate, but if you cannot draw that support from FACTS, rather than the lies you spout in your post, then maybe you chose the wrong one.

    May 3, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Meg

    Hey CNN, you need to fix your delegate counter game. You gave each candidate 2 each for Guam, but you forgot to remove Guam from the list of "states" whose numbers you can play with.

    Did anyone notice the story about Hillary backing Eight Belles for the Kentucky Derby? She was the only filly and came in second.

    May 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. Rachel

    Wow. GUAM. 4 delegates. 7 point win. Good job, Barry. Looks like you've got it all wrapped up, now!

    May 3, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. 3rd World Elections!

    From Pacificnewscenter.com

    Guam Election Commission Will Take A Back Seat to Democrats At This Saturday's Caucus

    "with the honor system being utilized during the caucus, it's conceivable that a non-US citizen could slip through the cracks and wind up voting in the party's delegate election. However, it is unlikely, given that non-US citizens may be less likely to take a personal interest in an American contest so arcane to non-US citizens. "

    Hmmm, was that wise?

    May 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. adam

    is it 7 precincts he won by?
    or 7 votes, ? there is a big difference.
    because it is a caucus i think its 7 precincts...
    clarify please

    May 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Francis

    Way to go Guam! Attention Indiana, and North Carolina. I hope you will follow suit and do what is right for this country. Guam voted and they selected Barack, you can too. It is so good to see that people are seeing past the negative smoke screen! I keep saying people are so much smarter than the Clintons/media think they are. Barack has a movement of people who are tired of the same old politics and people just saying anything/jumping on bandwagons just to win and giving people false security in the process, i.e. (Clinton/McCain gas tax holiday).... If Clinton's support of this so called tax break isn't evidence that she will do and say anything to win and get votes...I don't know what is...Even experts in economics agree with Barack that this tax break is not a good idea and thousands would be out of a job......

    This is why so many people support Barack because he speaks the truth to people. Clinton can pretend all she wants but you know a tree by the fruit it bears...

    Obama 2008

    May 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Incoming Sniper Fire

    HE WAS NOT PREDICTED TO WIN IN GUAM....THERE WERE OVER 800 BALLOTS THROWN OUT...INTERESTING...I BET THE SLIPPERY CLINTONS TRIED TO STEAL THE ELECTION!!!!!....THERE WAS A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR HIM THERE. HE WON 14 OUT OF 21 DISTRICTS AND OF ALL THE ONES SHE WON, IT WAS BY A VERY THIN MARGIN.

    May 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Sue

    Hilary was favoured to win this Guam primary dubbed caucaus, and OBAMA came from nowhere to pull out a good win despite CNN's resolve to make Rev Wright's dead news a breaking news item all day!!

    May 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. NOMORE OBAMA BITTER

    Good for Hillary! Before, Obama always win by almost a landslide when it comes to caucuses.. Truly, Hillary has the momentum. She was able to lessen his lead by a lot and almost....almost won Guam. People are now knowing who Barack Bitter Obama is. Hillary is also
    catching up with him in NC. Weeks before, Obama leads by double digits. Now, only single digit. Hillary is now leading Obama in Indiana. Let's just see how bitter Obama is when he loses most the remaining contests. It's not yet late, I'm predicting that if Hillary wins 70% of the remaining contest and if Florida and Michigan votes will be counted, she will now be leading in the popular votes. By then, superdelegates who voted for Obama will now switch to Hillary's camp. This is my prediction. Agree with me or not, the question that superdelegate will ask is: "Who is the most electable between the two?" And everybody knows the answer. The candidate with the less baggage and ability to win come November wins.

    May 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Mark, VA

    Wow! Obama was supposed to win this big. Even as far away as Guam Obama is having problems.

    May 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Eric

    The "home town" Obama who supposedly had a huge built in advantage won by just 7 votes...could this mean trouble for him on Tuesday?

    May 3, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. 3rd World Elections!

    From Pacificnewscenter.com:

    Officials Say Recount Is 'Imminent'
    Pacific News Center Staff Reporter 04.MAY.08
    9:30 a.m. Guam – The Democrat Party Nominating Committee said officials will look over the large amount of "spoiled ballots" in the coming days.

    At issue is the small margin of victory of Senator Barack Obama. He beat his rival, Senator Hillary Clinton by 7 votes, but well over 500 ballots were deemed invalid during the tabulation process.

    Herbie Perez, chairman of the nominating committee, said she will not certify the results because the Committee needs to ensure that all the uncounted ballots were properly identified as "spoiled."

    She said officials from the Party and representatives from both candidates will meet probably Monday or Tuesday to address that issue.

    Perez revealed she is also looking into the missing ballots.

    More than 8,100 were printed in response to reports of shortages at precinct sites. But when the final tally came in, only a little over 4,500 ballots were used. – Pacific News Center – Guam, Saipan, CNMI, Asia-Pacific

    Mr. Dean should fly down there tonight if he knows what's good for him and the party....

    May 3, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. Tom in MA

    Since he went to the expense of putting 3 people on the ground in Guam and Hillary had none, I'd say he made a pretty poor showing. I'm sure he also spent more for advertising, so it's hardly a crushing victory. Even in distant Guam he is slipping!

    May 3, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. shaggy in PA

    Thanks for clarifying that its not 7 votes but 7 precincts. So now I understand why a reporter stated that Obama actually had much more votes than the numbers imply. If a precinct in the caucus states he won could be anywhere from 100 to 10,000 citizens then I finally see what they mean.

    CNN is unreal with the Wright stuff. McCain had a little controversy about the female lobbyist and all he had to do was say he would only respond to it once and they let it go. Even on Hardball Matthews said no one is "allowed" to mention Travelgate, Vince Foster's suicide, Monica and so on. When a reporter asked Hillary when was the last time she held a gun, after trying to portay herself as a gun person, she said we won't answer that and they let it go. The media had it right about the Clinton machine. They're manipulating the media and you have to give credit to those old time politics.

    May 3, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. concerned

    TYLER, NJ

    YOU HAVE THE BEST COMMENT I'VE SEEN IN THE PAST MONTH, HATS OFF TO YOU AND I WISH MORE WOULD USE YOUR INTELIGENTS.

    CLINTON POEPLE SAID A WIN IS A WIN........HARD TO TAKE NOW .

    WHICH CANDIDATE WEAS OUT THERE CAMPAIGNING IN GUAM?
    THIS WAS MOST LIKLY THE FAIREST RACE SO FAR CUZ THE TWO BIG GUNS WERE IN IN AND NC.

    PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE CAUCUS WORKS WITH VOTES AND COUNTS

    May 3, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Kim in CA

    CNN usually does an excellent job reporting the actual horse race, but this post is disappointing. CNN reported this CORRECTLY for Iowa (and other caucus calculating states) why all of the confusion about Guam? And you might note in the comments sections that people are saying there should be recounts - which is ridiculous if you realize we are speaking about DELEGATES and NOT actual VOTES. (And that Senator Obama's actual vote lead exceeds 7 by quite a lot).

    Guamanians vote like any other primary - they cast their secret ballot and go home (or wherever else they might want to go for business or pleasure). Then, these votes are counted by hand, tabulated and translated into DELEGATES (like a caucus state). Over 25,000 Guamanians voted in yesterday's caucus.

    25,000+ people voted in Guam, yet CNN's so-called "vote totals" reflect only 4,521. This is because CNN is not reflecting vote totals, it is reflecting DELEGATE totals.

    Guamaniams elected 4,521 delegates to go to the Guam Democratic Convention yesterday. Those 4,521 are backed up by more than 25,000 actual votes cast. Thus, Senator Obama did NOT win by 7 VOTES; he DID win by 7 DELEGATES. At the convention, these delegates will select 4 delegates to go to the Democratic National Convention.

    Please correct this because your innacurate reporting is creating conspiracy theories where there should be none.

    May 3, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. Marjori, Florida

    Agree with earlier respondent. CNN did not highlight Obama's win in Guam!! Shame on you CNN. A win is a win. What is wright doing on the front page (or the front burner)???

    OBAMA '08 & '12 for Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Ken

    7 votes?? That sucks. On the other hand, Obama has one twice as many races as Shillery.

    By the way, when will CNN report on Paul vs. Clinton??

    Obama '08

    May 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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