Romney wins entire Guam delegation
March 9th, 2012
11:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney wins entire Guam delegation

(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the unanimous vote among Guam Republicans to pledge all nine of their delegates to his presidential campaign.

The vote was passed Saturday by all 207 of the 215 registered Republicans in attendance at their yearly convention.

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"I am grateful to have won all nine delegates in Guam," Romney said in a statement after the vote. "The people of Guam have always stood bravely for America and the values we hold dear. Today we stand together in our efforts to secure the future that this nation deserves."

Guam's delegates represent less than 1% of the 1,144 votes needed to win the Republican nomination. While the delegates of the pacific island are unpledged, the unanimous support ensures that all nine will vote to nominate Romney at the national convention this August in Tampa, Florida.

The support of Guam's Republicans brings Romney's current delegate count to 438, CNN estimates.

"The focus of Guam is much like the rest of the United States," said Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo. "With that in mind, it's important for us to have a nominee who understands the economy."

Calvo, who pledged his support for Romney after a phone call with him on Friday, spoke about the effect unfunded mandates and government regulation have on an island in the same time zone as Japan.

"Mitt Romney has done business domestically, internationally and run a state government," Calvo said, citing Romney’s experience helps him understand the needs of Guam. He noted the island's unemployment rate of about 13%, which factored in his choice of a candidate with business experience.

The governor announced his support for Romney publicly before the convention delegation ahead of the vote. His support may have contributed to the unanimity of the delegation. An informal poll taken as delegates entered the meeting showed Romney with the support of 83% of the voters. Only 181 of the participants took part in the poll.

Guam is one of five U.S. territories that have delegates with voting privileges at the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa. The others are American Samoa, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. KEV12

    Romney won another 18 delegates on saturday. Good job mr. President!

    March 10, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. sensible

    .....that's because they also like grits!

    March 10, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Dave

    Romney is again showing why he is the dlear front runner. The GOP should rally around him to make sure he has the best shot of beating Obama. He already polls much better than Santorum and Gingrich against Obama.

    March 10, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. Mitt Romney Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    At this point, the GOP establishments are handing Mannequin Mitt their delegates just to get him over the finish line!!

    Mitt MorNey doesn't have a clue what he's doing....spouting off that President Obama is bad, just so that you will be voted in by default is not a smart strategy!!!

    Romney is like a fish out of water when you ask him a tough question (ask Rick & Bubba)...you will see him give a nervous laugh, squirming like a worn, with a weird creepy smile, then ramble on just about everything that he's been coached by his GW Bush adviser....bottomline, this is a rich yankee who sits at home year after year making millions of off his golden parachute at Bain, and stashing his wealth in Swiss Bank accounts, Caymen Island, etc...after raiding compaines and firing people while shipping jobs overseas....Mannequin Mitt just wants to add the presidency to his list of prized possession, like his 5 houses, wives double cadillacs, wives therapeutic golden horses, his five mini Mannequins sons who never served in the military, but were doing mormon service in France eating caviar etc and treat the great USA like a CORPORATION!!!!!

    March 10, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Catnippy

    What an accomplishment. Not much on Guam except US military, and the economy feeds off of them. I suspect they think Romney will be more supportive of military bases. And I suspect they are wrong. But hey, they are pretty much out of touch with the rest of the world–not just the US.

    March 10, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. T i m

    Sssooo, THAT is why Obama is talking about AMERICA having 5 7 states . I was not aware , those nations are allowed to vote in AMERICA . HOW MANY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IS THAT . OBAMA SAID COUPLE WEEKS AGO , HE IS GOING AFTER THE WELFARE POPULATION . ....Some one needs to help the DEMOCRATS , understand , they are paying the WELFARE PEOPLE , SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE . ......IT IS CALLED ..........SOCIAL SECURITY . WELFARE IS PAID FROM SOCIAL SECURITY . LOTS OF PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THIS . T i m

    March 10, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. Anonymous

    why would it matter what Guam voted?!?!?! they aren't part of the United States!!

    March 10, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. A breath of fresh air

    207 of 215 voters showed up and they ALL agreed? There must have been some debate, but the issue is that when all was said and done, they came together as one.

    What a show of unity! Congress, are you listening? Voters (of any party) are you listening?

    March 10, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Fact

    This just in: no one cares anymore.

    Obama wins.

    March 10, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. bcnu_too

    Maybe he'll hide some of his money in their offshore banks since that seems like something he likes to do.

    March 10, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Earwig Van Klempt

    Guam= Give Us American Money

    March 10, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. brian in denver

    Another big win! He's unstoppable!

    March 10, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Jess C

    There he goes with those jeans again. Wow....that really makes me feel like he understands us middle class working fools, now. What a pandering chump.

    March 10, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    Why is this such a big deal? We all know that CNN is in the tank for Mitt.

    March 10, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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