May 3rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 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. Michelle

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    OBAMA!

    May 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. ANTI CLINTONS

    The Chamorros know what they are doing, they are smart people. Hitlery will lose there to, and Obama will continue to beat the crap out of the witch. Way to go GUAM!!!

    May 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. elvispresley

    »»»GOODBYE Clinton(s)!!... Go tell LIES far faaaaar way!!... Go Obama!!...

    May 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. OPO

    GOOOO!!!! OBAMA '08

    May 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Mr. E

    Let's just pray that N.C and Indiana follow suit.

    May 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Jamie

    Way to go Senator Obama !!!!!!!!

    No more of the Bush > Clinton > Bush > Clinton > Bush Dynasty!!!

    Obama/Richardson '08 (or Obama/Webb ;o)

    May 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Ben

    Indiana and North Carolina voters – Please vote for Obama and end this now so we can get actual news again. I truly believe in Barack's inspirational gifts and think he would be a great president. He CAN win now. All Clinton can do is continue to drag this to the convention damaging BOTH candidates in the process.

    May 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. freddiemercury

    Well said Elvis. Go great Obama.BYE BYE FAKE Clinton(s)!!... Another Victory for Obama.Aaaah!...

    May 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Mary

    WTG Obama!
    CNN, will you in the name of all that's holy STOP with the Wright pictures? And headlines.
    PLEASE? Enough is enough!
    Stop trying to fix this election for GOP (Hillary)

    May 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. nobama

    Obama has taken over a million dollars in donations from sub-prime lenders. Citigroup,Washington Mutual,Countrywide,Credit Suisse, Centex and Goldman Sachs. He is beholden to them and their tatics. He talks out of both sides of his mouth. He is a typical politician who will say what he thinks you want to hear. Rev. Wright said it all, Obama is a politician who says what a politician needs to say to win."

    May 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Roger

    I think that Clinton has ruined the democratic party from all her lieing tactics just to get a vote. All the crap she has started just adds fuel to the republicans.

    May 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. kaya.independent.

    I hope he wins and picks up a few superdelgates to.

    May 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. evelyn

    Obama Leads very comforting to hear after all the negatives"Go get them" Obama 08!

    May 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Jane

    Yeah baby! Kick Hillary to the curb!!

    Obama all the way baby!!!

    May 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Eborra

    Obama is going to win in Guam and he is going to win in North Carolina and might win Indiana. This being said is the media going to start calling this race what it really is, meaning Obama is going to be the presidential nominee and stop acting like Hillary Clinton has a real chance of winning this. Also, who ever said that if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, excuse me falsy wins the nomination that the African American community would fall in line and back her must not be from the African American community. We are not going to vote for her and we will boycott the Democratic party. Make no mistakes about it this is not the 60's and we are not going to let it slide. Another thing Barack has won the most states and is ahead in the delegate count. If she has not won the most states and is not ahead in the delegate count how can she win other than the Democratic party stealing it from Barack.

    May 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Joe Reg

    It is 3 or 2 delegates for Obama and 1 or 2 delegates for Hillary.

    So nothing changes, no matter what Obama still has the lead.

    get it Hillary, you can surrender now.

    May 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Please call me when the TOTAL results are in and we can celebrate Hillary"s WIN together!

    May 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Chris

    Awesome!!! Mainstream media finally figured out what a decimal point looks like!!! And yes, I express my cynicism with excessive exclamation points :)

    May 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. faye

    This is great for Guam and they know who the winner is or should be. Unlike some of us who holds Obama accountable for someone else's behavior or saying. I see this country USA is still full or racism. What a shame!

    May 3, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Seth (FL)

    It will be nice to see him pick up 3 of the 4 delegates here, then go on to win in North Carolina by about 6-7 points, which would add another 5 or so delegates to his lead. Together, including the super delegate who switched sides, will just about neutralize the delegates Clinton picked up in PA with her 9 point win there. So much for momentum. Unless Clinton beats Obama by 10 points or more in Guam, NC, or IN, how can she talk about "winning" this thing?

    I'm saddened to see so many voters get bamboozled by distractions like gas tax (which will never happen, it's just to get votes), Wright, Obama's ethnicity, and anything else the Clinton machine can think of to throw voters off the real issues.

    May 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. jane in CA

    Obama on recovery path. Ready to lead Americans to make changes to the washington old policies, to rescue the environment, economy, american troops, and healt care. YES WE CAN!

    May 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. beverly

    GO HILLARY ....YOU ARE ARE GIRL....

    May 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. marouf

    obama is the best president

    May 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. ChicoSez

    some of you Obama supporters sound puzzled when being accused of hateful speech. It's because you call Hillary and her whole family such terrible things and then go on and call all of her backers racist and stupid. That is hate speech. Obama has only holy intentions while the evil Clinton is power hungry and will do/say anything. And if CNN isn't continually praising Barack, they are obviously bigoted as well. Just like the voters in Penn, Ohio, Texas etc. Again, thats hate speech. Learn to recognise it when it comes out of your own mouth! Thats one of the reasons Clinton supporters will Never vote for Obama. There are many reasons as well.

    May 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. jane in CA

    Obama on recovery path. Ready to lead Americans to make changes to the washington old policies, to rescue the environment, economy, american troops, and health care. YES WE CAN!

    May 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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