May 3rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama holds Guam lead with largest precincts still to be tallied

 Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton in Guam.
Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton in Guam.

(CNN) - Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton in Guam's Democratic presidential caucuses with votes from the largest of the island's 19 villages still to be counted, according to a Guam election official.

With 12 out of 19 villages reporting, Obama has 899 votes (53.9 percent) compared to 769 votes (46.1 percent) for Clinton.

The presidential candidates are battling for Guam's four pledged delegate votes. A total of eight delegates will be elected, each with half a vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

Also on the ballot Saturday was the race for chairman and vice chairman of the U.S. territory's Democratic party. The winners of that race will serve as superdelegates. According to the election official, the slate of Pilar Lujan and Jaime Paulino currently leads the slate of Joseph Artero Cameron and Arlen Bordallo. Lujan remains uncommitted in the race for president while running-mate Paulino has endorsed Obama. Both Cameron and Bordallo have endorsed Clinton. Incumbent chairman Tony Charfauros and running-mate Mary Ann Cabrera are currently in third place. Neither has endorsed a presidential candidate.

Although called “caucuses,” Saturday’s event in Guam functions more like a party-run primary. Voters cast secret ballots in polling places, as opposed to publicly aligning themselves in presidential candidate preference groups which occurs in more traditional caucuses, such as in Iowa and Nevada.

Polls closed in Guam at 6am eastern time, and vote-counting is expected to continue well into the afternoon. Guam is 14 hours ahead of eastern time.

soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. kim

    obami is only up by 80 votes in quam, and out of over 100,000 population of the island its sad that 65% in less than 2,000 people voted and even sadder is obambies making a big deal out of 80 votes he's ahead.....

    and if i see one more comment about the peter paul case PLEASE GO READ ABOUT HIM before you comment. HE IS AN EX-CON DRUG DEALER LOOKING FOR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He also was CONVICTED IN CUBAN EXTORTION deals, so bag it.

    OBAMBees, you may not want to write about something that only will fuel Paul's side!!!! i hope....

    Hillary or McCain!
    real candidates, real solutions, real people.
    not puppets like Obama!

    May 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. J.Onofre -CA

    I don't think there could be a more tight knit community as Guam. Guam is the Mayberry of the Pacific. The influece that Obama has in this island is largely understated.

    It is evident that Guam has studied the candidates and favoring the best choice.

    May 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Bamboo

    As far as Guam goes, you can't take over territories, give them the right to vote and then expect them not to vote against the original establishment that took them over.

    May 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Joe Lauscher

    Because of skin color is the only reason why Obama is winning at this point. Everyone knows that Hillary is more qualified for the job. So people wake up. Skin color is not going to staighten this country out. So people for for hillary for a positive change in this nation.

    May 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Hillary is going down!!!

    May 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. DOH!

    Keep those OBAMA-VOTES rolling in............

    CHAMURROS REPRESENT FOR OBAMA!!

    May 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Spectator Consumer

    Obama needs a bump of 3 percent to get to 57 which would net him a delegate vote. 66 looks tough, but who knows how many votes have yet to come in. 66 would net him 2 delegates. It should be noted that there are 5 Guam super delegates, actually more than available to the winner of the caucuses. I don't know how those are doled out.

    May 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Bridgette - PA

    Come on, let's do this Barack. We are with you all the way!

    OBAMA-08!

    May 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Jeff, NC

    I hope so much that voters are not as Stupid as Hillary thinks they are!!
    There is no expert on earth who supports her gas tax break for the summer:
    we would loose approx. 300.000 construction jobs, and maybe the gas price would drop for a week or two, but thats it..and when the tax comes back we will be paying a lot more because of her. (not to mention that it is impossible to get the legislature thru this year)

    Either she knows that it is real bad economic politics and hopes voters are too stupid, or she has a reaal bad judgment concerning the economy. Ether way is fatal for the U.S..

    Dont let yourself be manipulated....we are better than that...

    May 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. The Clinton Chronicle

    EVERYTIME THEIR SEEM TO BE A GOOD NEWS FOR BARAK OBAMA, CNN COMES UP WITH SOME STRANGE FACTS AND FIGURES....

    I AM CONVIENCED THAT CNN IS CORRUPTED!

    WELL, HERE IS A NEWS FOR YOU, GUAM WON'T GET FOOLED BY YOUR GAME. YOU CAN DELETE THIS BUT SOME ELSE WILL TYPE SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. STOP THE MADDNESS!!!!

    I don't trust how they do their caucases there's too much room for err and cheating on the part of the Clinton's they are desperate and are known to do dirty things in elections.

    Don't trust them at all!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Mr. B.

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Bridgette - PA

    As far as Guam goes, you cant take over territories, give them the right to vote, put a military base in their territory and then expect them not to vote against the original establishment that took them over.

    May 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Shame....

    This is wonderful news for Hillary Clinton.

    Now she can tell the world once and for all that the world is against her then throw one of her cying fits right before she tells Obama 'SHAME ON YOU!' for winning Guam because Guam starts with "G" and G's are for girls and girl power!

    Then she can tell us of the time when her daddy dug a tunnel to Guam all the way from America to help the citizens access until he was able to have a daughter that will one day be President of the United States then give all the people of Guam full citizenship.

    Hillary Clinton, Do and Say Anything '08 !

    May 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Ben

    Indiana and North Carolina voters,

    May 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Most Electable?

    HRC is awaiting trail in November against Peter Paul regarding fraud, and illegal donation practices from her 2000 Senate campaign. The case was dismissed by a Bill Clinton appointed judge when the plantiff, Peter Paul's credibility was attacked for having a prior record. If HRC is found guilty, she could be convicted for obstruction of justice. Now...what was that about her General election electability; she might be in jail.

    May 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Mark

    Call it for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. FS Troy

    It's really difficult to swallow comments on what is "fake" or "real" from people that are less inclined to understand that political representations of "likeness" are used by everyone. What we should see is a man with a dream for change and all the obstacles he and his family have to face in order to complete with the elite. Go Obama.

    May 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Whos Loosing

    obama's still winning in guam
    obama's still leading in NC
    obama's still leading more delegates
    obama's still leading in Indiana
    obama's still leading in popular vote
    obama's won more states.. and all kinds of states

    and still, cnn's got the guts to say
    (on every page of this site) that
    he's loosing support????

    (great reporting)

    May 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. bern

    Obama will win Guam and NC and probably Indiana as well. That said, it has become painfully obvious that the only people trying to keep the Wright issue alive and are the media "journalists" and right wingers. CNN in particular has recently taken to headlining every show with commentary or footage regarding Wright. The American people, on the other hand, don't get to hear very much about real issues. We get stifled by the old political guard as well as media feeding us dumb dumb comment after dumb dumb comment. Often from "commentators" whose only claim to fame is apparently that they are willing to sell their professional souls for a few minutes of glory on national TV. Please get back to real news from journalists.

    May 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. elvispresley

    GO Obama!! DEFEAT that annoying,FAKE Woman!!... Another VICTORY for the great Obama!!... ENOUGH of Clintons!!

    May 3, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Sheila WA

    Great news for Obama..

    Go Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. elvispresley

    »»»»Hillary "FAKE" Clinton is NOT good enough to be President. VOTE Obama.NO MORE Clintons in the White House!!ENOUGH!!...GO great Obama.

    May 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. MikeT

    13 districts

    Obama got 37 votes in Ordot, 19 in Maina, 151 in Inarajan, 46 in Asan, 55 in Chalan Pago, 87 in Santa Rita, 102 in Mongmong-Toto-Maite, 28 in Hagåtña, 158 in Barrigada, 36 in Merizo, 49 in Piti, 131 in Sinajana and 108 in Agana Heights for a total of 899 votes.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton took 18 votes in Ordot, 22 in Maina, 87 in Inarajan, 33 in Asan, 87 in Chalan Pago, 73 in Santa Rita, 81 in Mongmong-Toto-Maite, 29 votes in Hagåtña, 166 in Barrigada, 33 in Merizo, 51 in Piti, 89 in Sinajana and 105 in Agana Heights for a total of 874 votes.

    May 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Dan Perez

    First Guam, then Puerto Rico. Hispanics for Obama.......go Obama.

    May 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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