May 3rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Early Guam returns show slight Obama lead

(CNN) - Early vote returns from Saturday's Guam Democratic caucuses show Barack Obama with a small but early lead over presidential rival Hillary Clinton, although the bulk of the votes in the U.S. territory have yet to be counted.

With 2 out of 21 villages reporting, Obama won 188 votes to 105 for Clinton. Guam Democratic Party officials told CNN Saturday morning that the vote tabulation is ongoing but will take several more hours to complete.

Polls closed in Guam at 8 p.m. local time, or 6 a.m. eastern time. Four delegate votes are at stake in this event.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Guam • Hillary Clinton • Race to '08
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Marcia Baker

    It is ironic that Guam, more than likely, once Saturday's primary is over, will face a rapid return to obscurity. The winning candidate will have no political need to return ahead of the November election because – just like the residents of Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands – the inhabitants of Guam have no vote in US presidential elections.

    The same DNCC rules that provide enfranchisement during the Primaries for voters that are disenfranchised from voting in the General Election have disenfranchised the voters in Michigan and Florida who ARE franchised to vote in the General Election.

    I know,

    "rules are rules",

    no matter how irrational or undemocratic.

    May 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Jayson

    Too bad that it is just a waste of money as long as Guam remains a territory.

    May 3, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Gary

    188 to 105...that's 64% to 36%.

    I wouldn't call that a small lead.

    May 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Ken

    Good. Wouldn't it be great if Clinton wold drop out after Guam...

    ...Not gonna happen.

    CNN report on Paul Vs. Clinton!

    Obama '08

    May 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. JENA from Woodbridge

    That's very good for Obama

    Go Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Kathie Williams


    May 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Herman in LA

    A Little History on this Year Presidential Race.

    Hillary will lose out on two ends let me explain why thanks to Bill Clinton and the DNC. The democrat national committee knew Hillary was a polarizing figure to the American people and had lots of baggage that would be used against her in had she won the nomination for president and was their first choice and they the DNC had built this years election process around her.

    The DNC knew about Barack Obama when he gave his speech in 2004 and several high profile people including the Clinton's wanted Barack Obama to wait and run for president "8" eight years from now giving HRC a straight shot at wining the White house in 08 because they new the republicans would not have a chance in hell of taking the office again after a Bush administration.

    Now here is why Hillary will lose out on two ends, she could have had the chance to become the 1st women president of the United States Or 2nd The first women to become the 1st Vice President of the United States. Now she will lose out on both because she chose to run her campaign like a republican which could potentially damage the DNC.

    Obama / Governor Kathleen Sebelius

    May 3, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Texas

    If Clinton wins this, they will call it momentum. If Obama wins, they'll call it insignificant. Why is that?

    May 3, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Eric-PA

    Why do we care about Guam? I guess since Obama is favored in Guam CNN wants to give Obama as much momentum as possible before the IN and NC primaries.

    May 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. mitch from ark.

    make guam a state!!!!

    May 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. rachel

    yeah, 64% to 36% is a significant (not a slight) lead.
    why does the media have it out for Obama?

    May 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Mae

    Right Gary. My guess is it will widen in Obamas favor. And I don't expect him to ignore Guam in the future. He has not ignored any part of the electorate so far. His plan is to unite unlike the scorched Earth policy of Hillary

    May 3, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Charlotte

    Guam is a caucus, need I say more...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 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. YALL


    May 3, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Wonder how Hillary Blitzer will spin this.Lets see, I know, voters were once preached to by the Rev Wright.So,the question that Hillary Blitzer asks next in this hour is "Did Reverend Wright cast a voodoo spell on the voters of Guam ? " Your bias is laughable.

    May 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Barbara from NY

    I totally agree with the comments of "Texas" and "Gary"...but we should not be surprised. This is the same spin we will always hear during this campaign...

    May 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. H


    May 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Ken

    Don't worry, the knockout will come on Tuesday. When Obama wins North Carolina by a lot, and Indiana by a little, Clinton will need to head home.

    Report on Paul vs. Clinton!

    Obama '08

    May 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Cyrus Brand

    Isn't it interesting that the Deomcrats are more interest in counting the votes in Guam rather then in counting the votes in Florida and Michigan?

    May 3, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. backwoods joe

    Did sumbuddy sed gumm?

    May 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. David

    Guam counts in the primary? Why doesn't Florida or Michigan count?

    May 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Politics as Usual

    Has anybody noticed that the Clinton Machine has done EXACTLY what Obama has fought against...

    Their POLITICS AS USUAL machinary is doing its best to kill HOPE...

    They use SCANDAL and POUND their negative messages in until people believe the nonsense they want us to..

    May 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. rachel

    Hillary is willing to do or say anything to get elected.

    In Guam, she went on TV and continued fine tuning her skill of pandering to voters as she promised to make Guam equal to a State in the United States.

    May 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. PhilT

    Self perpetuating relevance. When this is finally decided, CNN will become much less relevant until we start to focus on the general election.

    So Hillary will continue to "haunt" us until the "appointed delegates" get the "testicular fortitude" to pound the stake in.


    May 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Eddie

    Why report this if Hillary is not going to fight for these people following the rules vote to count in the general election,but fight for those who broke the rules to count in the primary.Because she does not care if it does not benefit her.

    May 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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