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
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  1. chepsy

    its become a norm now that whenever obama has any lead/victory its described as narrow/slight one, but if its any HRC lead/victory its described as a big/huge one (...wolf blitzer's favorite)....but its not only the opinion of the Coerced News Network's, its all over most of the media 😀

    May 3, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Rob

    I also must commend Herman for saying what I've been thinking for a couple of months now – Senator Obama and Governor Sebelius would be a huge ticket. She would bring administrative experience, successful bi-partisan appeal, gender identification, and strength to augment Senator Obama's vision and direction. Regarding the media bias in this election.... duh! Senator Clinton has not been asked ANY of the tough questions as to her electibility. It is time for some reporting on the Paul vs. Clinton fraud and corruption lawsuit moving forward in California.

    May 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Barnie

    A reporter from KUAM news in Guam told Tony Charfauros, chairman of the democratic party of Guam, that election coordinators told her that 6000-7000 extra ballots had to be printed to accommodate people who are not Democrats who wanted to participate in the caucus. There is speculation that some Republicans in Guam are doing what Rush Limbaugh told Republicans to do and are voting in the Democratic caucus to cause mischief. You can see the web interview with Tony Charfauros on KUAM news from Guam.

    May 3, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Jona, Denver, CO

    Well the Guam Pacific Daily News now reports Obama in front with 683 votes; Clinton trails with 596. That's 53% for Obama, 47% for Clinton.

    THAT'S a slight lead 🙂

    20 minutes earlier it was 497-401 (55%-45%), I'd say someone is closing a gap.

    May 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Collins- Riverview, FL

    This is a great race. I have a feeling after this Tuesday it will all but be over for Hillary. Wait....she's a fighter! That means even if she loses both states on Tuesday, FL & MI voices need to be heard! She won't give up...
    she will never give up. NO MATTER WHAT!

    Fighter? or in serious denial?

    The American People will be the judge.

    May 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. PCS / North Carolina

    The HATERED among Hillary's supporters are quite obvious in thease blogs.


    May 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Donald from SC

    Unless a candidate takes 75% or more of the vote, the delegates will be split 2 to 2. So, this is more of a moral win for the candidate.


    The total you have is from the employees of these firms; and 1 million dollars from 260 million dollars, do you really believe that would buy a candidate? Boy that is really reaching.

    May 3, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. KPO'M

    The "race" seems to be tightening as more votes come in. In any case, it's difficult to see how this will result in anything but a 2-2 delegate split, though Guam also has 5 superdelegates who haven't committed yet, either. I can't see how any candidate could have been "favored" given that neither one campaigned there, except by video.

    May 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Jona, Denver, CO

    Why are only pro-Obama posts approved by the moderators?

    I don't understand why the Obama supporters are complaining about CNN so much, it's just the other way around...

    May 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Deb (NY)

    Realistic you are so smart. Why can't all Florida and Michigan voters realize she backed DNC's disciplinary action against these two states but is now so concerned about the votes. She is a big phony...a regular Washington politician continually blindsighting the American voters. Hopefully most will see through her and vote the only candidate for President...Senator Obama.

    May 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Bova

    Slight Lead!!!!!! 64% vs 34%
    Something must be wrong with CNN.
    Any way, let wait for the bigger fight ( NC and INDIANA).

    Go Obama

    May 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. mj3

    As I read these comments it is blatantly clear that as long as people of the same political party continue to bash Clinton and Obama, instead of being steadfast in their hope that either one will win the nomination with enough wind in their sails to beat McCain, we will certainly NOT see a Democrat in the White House next January. It's one thing to support one or the other but why the mean spirited words? Talk about giving something for the GOP to bash us about.

    May 3, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Tawanda Bell

    They have it out for Obama because they did not believe that he could. See what the media might not understand is that when it is your time then guess what it is your time. Cant not forces on earth or the media stop it when you are in line with the universe and God is on your side. They will see!

    May 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Lynette

    Guam counts because it followed the rules. Rules are meant to be followed, not broken.

    May 3, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. james fort Lauderdale

    To Charlotte

    This is the second article on CNN you posted your comment about OBAMA taking money from subprime lenders..Check your fact ..

    You may not like a candidate but don't fool yourself you are not strong enough to do what you're trying to do.

    Obama will be the democatric nominee and the next president.

    MCcain is just BUSH under a different skin, Hillary has to much baggage and is too polarizing. we're in the 21st century and we're falling behing CHina , militarily and economically , we need fresh blood in the white house.

    May 3, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Michael

    I hope wins the vote in Guam, it'll possibly give him a good starting position for Tuesday.

    I'd also like to see Obama sweep Hillary, but I'll take a proactive stance and see what happens.

    Yes We Can 2008

    May 3, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Independent w/ Sense of Humor

    One of the large "villages" in Guam voted last Saturday before the new Wright controversy surfaced.. It is possible those votes swayed the early returns. CNN is running the results on their ticker now.

    It's 55% to 45% for Obama at 10:52 A.M. Central Time.

    May 3, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. skylark

    5 SD's in Guam. heh heh heh
    Way to go Obama

    May 3, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. RB

    Hillary has some legal issues she needs to face. It won't get better with time, girlfriend. The judge saying you don't have to testify until after the November elections doesn't mean your problem has gone away. The republicans are going to destroy what little credibility you have left. HRC is damaged goods. I'll vote for McSame to prevent another impeachment of a democrat. Having viewed the online evidence, I think she's in big, big trouble. If the evidence is false, maybe CNN and the other media should report on it????

    May 3, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. P.O lady

    Wake up, American!! Can't you see Hillary is using her typical policital way to get your vote? Stop listening to her "tax holiday!" I't not gonna happen. If you people believe that the tax holiday can get you anywhere, it would be "bleeding pocket."

    May 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Sarah

    What's going on with CNN, the only network news that I watch and have been watching since 1991.

    Of late, your reporting has become very biased towards Hillary Clinton – Tuesday night and every night for that matter recently, you have Lanny Davis, a supporter for Hillary, on every show starting with the Situation Room, Lou Dobbs, Larry King and last but not least on Glenn Beck. Dobbs and Beck hardly ever seem to be balanced by having a supporter of Obama on the show – at least Larry King seems balanced and seems to have caught on that Hillary's supporters do not answer the questions but rather have their own agenda to be on the show and spew whatever they want to say no matter the question asked. Watching Lanny Davis on every show is beginning to make me sick – he appears to look ill or maybe what he is saying over and over again on every show he can get on is making him sick – and why is he on every show? This should not be allowed and is becoming very suspect and not good "judgement" on CNN's part.

    There was a discussion Tuesday night on Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room about bringing the discussion to an end and they, as the media, not repeating endlessly about Rev. Wright and Obama – at least one show seems to think it's about time this ended and I'd like to say "thank you" to Jack Cafferty who seems to think along these lines too. There was no such repetition day in and day out on any of the shows that I mention here about Hillary's repeated LIES about the Bosnia sniper fire.

    Also, it is refreshing to have someone like Roland Martin on the show – he seems to realize that there are 2 sides to a coin and not just one side.

    I was very interested in one of the guests, I believe on the Lou Dobbs show (a rarity to have someone from the other side on his show) saying that even though Obama knows Rev. Wright for over 20 years he was not sitting in the pews for all those years and was away for at least 15 of those years – how come no one gave Glenn Beck this information. Come on Lou enough is enough lets not keep harping on this issue.

    Also, why does Glenn Beck always mention he is a recovering alcoholic even when it does not pertain to anything on his show. I am sure in his alcoholic days he must have said (from his own mouth not is pastor's mouth) and done things that he is not proud of but should people keep bringing that up and saying that because of that he should not have his own show?

    Lou and Glenn are Christian and yet their behaviour in recent weeks is far from Christian! I would like to say especially to these 2 guys – when you point one finger at others, 3 fingers are pointing back at you! Lou is so patronizing and condescending – it's always his way or no way!

    What has also shocked me recently is clicking online on the CNN website and seeing a picture of Hillary Clinton on the page asking people to donate $5.00 to her campaign – what is going on – CNN has changed drastically – for the worse!

    May 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Jtorre

    The Clinton News Network (CNN) will predictably portray an Obama win in Guam as insignificant. If Hillary wins? Yeah, Yeah, she's gaining momemtum!! The blatant bias and racism in the media (Fox News, CNN etc) is unbelievable!!.

    May 3, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. SADIQ

    Hillary is corrupt and too despirate...

    May 3, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Don't the Hill-Billies realize that if Florida and Michigan were counted that Obama would be guaranteed the needed 2025 delegates for the nomination? Even though "The Polarizer" would have surely gained on him if those two states were counted, Obama would have perhaps 130 more delegates (Florida – 33% of 211), (Michigan – maybe the uncommitted 40%? = 60) and would now be sitting on 1864 with a probable gain of 96 more by Wednesday.

    West Virginia, Oregon and Kentucky would get him 60 more and so on. and that's WITHOUT any more superdelegates. She would be in worse shape if the two were counted, so be careful what you wish for.

    The only reason she is able to advance this "I-know-I'm-behind-but-so-what-I'm-more-electable" argument is because they did NOT count those states.

    You can speculate all you want about well, that momentum would have altered othere results, but 2025 is 2025.

    May 3, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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