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. ENOUGH

    I've had it to the moon and back with some of you. STOP IT! Stop making fun of each other. Whether you like Clinton or Obama just play nice.

    Guam is not really a caucus it is more of a primary so seven votes really is seven votes. Guam is closer to Hawaii than any other state and it is a Pacific island, but it is still pretty far away.

    A win is a win, both sides have said that. Second, we don't know who the super delegates there are yet (TBA after we figure out who won the election there), so we don't know who has them.

    A win by less than 15% by Obama in NC may be a step back, but a won there is still enough to make it much harder for Sen. Clinton to win, (each state he wins, even by a little makes it less and less possible for her to get the nomination without over turning the majority in pledged delegate through supers).

    Current polls do say that Clinton is favored to win more strongly in big states over McCain than Obama would, but that is a snapshot and a few weeks ago they showed the opposite.

    Obama has mis-spoken, but so has Hillary, (i.e. she was not named after Edmund Hillary after his historic climb because that happened 7 years after she was born).

    Point being, they both are human, they both have flaws. Right now Obama is leading, and is more likely to get the nomination. Clinton could still win fairly too. In the end we should rally behind the one with the most pledged delegates and STOP BICKERING!!!!!!!! This is childish and stupid.

    Carry on those of you who are not attacking supporters of your rivals, the rest of you, GROW UP!!!!! Clinton Supporters who attack Obama supporters and vice versa need to learn how to play well with others.

    May 4, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  2. MP_Pennsylvania

    ANATHAN;

    HILLARY HAS MORE MONEY BUT SHE IS NOT USING. OBAMA IS LIKE US. HE ROSE FROM GROUND. I SUPPORTED CLINTONS IN PAST BUT THEIR CONDUCT IS NOT AMERICAN....
    THEY ACT LIKE 3RD WORLD POLITICIANS

    GET REAL. HILLARY HAS NAME RECOGNITION.

    JUST RESEARCH AND SEE WHO IS GOOD FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GAND CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME

    NOT WHAT WE GET IF ANY 30 CENTS PER DAY FROM GAS TAX HOLIDAY

    May 4, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. OlvrWhit

    How many of you " experts" can even find Guam on a map..

    Look, this very simple. The conventional wisdom was that barack Obama was expected to win Guam because of his Pacific Islander heritage.

    Those of you who claim we don't understand how this works, 7 votes in Guam does not equate to hundreds of votes.Its 7 people voting. The system there is not like the caucus elections in the state. They all should be banned.

    Finally, this is a victory for Senator Clinton. She spent little resources in Guam, unlike Obama and still made this an even race, just like the primary election in general. This is a dead heat, and Hillary is about to take the lead.

    I would suggest all you know-it- alls actually know something. By the way, yes the Paul vs. Clinton case was real, but frivilous and thrown out. Will you please move on.

    May 4, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  4. Big Al

    One last point, if I permitted... Thank You!

    Obama, before this election is over will be the most antipathy candidate ever in the history of candidates.

    He is so divisive, so abstract that he is uncomprehensible in his promises of what he will contibute to America...

    Hope...? What does that mean... Hope for what.. Hope we all wake up tomorrow morning.. What the hell does that mean...

    Change you can count on? What does that mean...
    Change that I will destroy America, that you can count on, or Change I will give everyone a glorious new life from the bottom up, but you must participate... LOL

    God, Obama is so unsubstantiated that it is ludicrous that so many sophisticated people are being enthralled by his B.S..

    My greatest fear is that if he is elected, it will be the beginning of the great fall..........That is why I am so adamant against this weak person who is controlled by the extreme left wing....

    So, if you think that I am delusional, I only pray that you are correct !

    May 4, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. Oregon is Obama country

    Way to go team Obama!

    Let's have a big confetti celebration

    BARACK OBAMA 08

    May 4, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. rita/ohio

    go obama, good luck tuesday

    May 4, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  7. Anonymous

    JeaJee
    I did not know Obama was predicted to win in Guam
    there was no poll ever done actually there no publcity of it.
    so you clinton supporters stop with the lies about Obama suppose to
    win there. Also,stop talking about Rev. Wright if you were smart enough you would know Obama is nothing like Rev.Wright that is just
    stupid you Haters. If you people would just think for yourselves instead of the media.You all are being used like an nasty sponge.
    Think for yourselves. Obama is not racist because if that was so he
    would hate himself and his other relatives that are not black.
    So comeon American people lets be intelligent

    May 4, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  8. kathy

    I just can't understand how out of touch the news media is. To hear them tell it,we the People are supposed to believe everything they tell us.Like Hillary didn't really lie, she just mispoke,Like white people are afraid of Rev. Wright,and all the democrates will come together in the election in november. Do they think we are a mindless bunch of robots?I for one am insulted.
    kathy

    May 4, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  9. Teresa, Georgia

    Today, we say YES WE CAN!

    Tuesday, we'll say YES WE WILL!

    November 08...We'll say YES WE DID!

    Go Obama!

    May 4, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  10. leighg1

    Do you seriously question Obama’s patriotism? Obama’s character, integrity and sea mind demonstrated through this whole drama is what exactly this country needs if we stand any chance at all for a more perfect union. Ordinary person may leave a church on disagreement, but IF YOU WALK AWAY, HOW CAN YOU ACHIEVE UNITY? This is exactly the difference between an ordinary person and an extraordinary leader whom we can count on for making our country a better place for all.

    On relationship with Wright: My husband and I have married for 27 years. Lately, I always have a feeling that I don’t know him in many ways. That’s not uncommon even between couples. Human beings are complicated creatures, and one can only be held responsible for one’s own conduct, not one’s kids, not one’s parents, not one’s spouse, never one’s pastors. How can people do not care Hillary’s lies, but care Obama’s pastor’s lies?

    A fact on Obama’s life: After graduated from Columbia Univ., Obama took a job in IL at $12000/year plus $1000 for a car in the poorest, dirtiest neighborhood as a community organizer. All his family and friends thought he was crazy. How many of us can do that???

    May 4, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. NO TO HILLARY

    A WIN IS A WIN, isn't that the Clinton mantra? Game over Billary.
    Obama '08-'12

    May 4, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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