May 3rd, 2008
07:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama edges Clinton in island squeaker

(CNN) — Barack Obama has won the Guam Democratic caucuses by a margin of 7 votes.

With all of Guam’s precincts reporting, Obama won 2,264 votes (50.1 percent) to 2,257 votes (49.9 percent) for Hillary Clinton, his sole remaining rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Obama led the vote count throughout the day and had a 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent advantage over Clinton by late afternoon. Clinton then won the sole remaining precinct - Guam’s largest village of Dededo - by a 61.9 percent to 38.1 percent margin, which brought her to within 7 votes of Obama in the overall tally.

Polls closed at 6 a.m. eastern time Saturday, but vote counting on the U.S. territory took over 13 hours to finalize.

Obama and Clinton will split the U.S. territory's four pledged delegate votes evenly, with two apiece.

The win gives Obama his 31st victory of the campaign, including his win in the Texas caucuses in March. Clinton has won 16 contests, including the Texas primary.

The battle for the Democratic nomination next heads to Indiana and North Carolina, which both will hold primaries on Tuesday.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Delegates • Guam • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Tired of your retoric

    Any one seen Hillary on the cover of the New Republican magazine, she looks like that guy from Germany during world war 2 and she's got the same look, Hmmmmmm wasnt he a dictator who tried forcing his style down everyones throat like she does.

    May 3, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Jan E

    From one end of the earth to the other, democrats are split between the two candidates .. It is really high time to end this stupid race, it has gotten ridiculous. Superdelegates .. it is time to end it now.

    May 3, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. v.ananthan

    Obama had always much more money than Hillary and in that way he could campaign more and win smaller states than Hillary...



    May 3, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Dwayne Oake

    I love my American neighbours but CNN leaving Jerimiah Wright up all day to stir the pot is outrageous. Had Hillary won Guam that would not be the dominating headling. But as her camp says if you win by a vote a win is a win......You are totally biased against the news coverage which is perhaps why the good people of America have lost so much respect for the US. Its not americans its the media bias. What other country could you find media obsession such as was the case with the OJ Simpson trial. Answer – Nowhere!!!!! If Barack does not get elected you will forfeit you opportunity to finally bring together your foreign counterparts. Truly so biased.... You would neve see that here. Tell it like it is. Is Hillary paying you with her debt!!!!!!

    Canadian for OBAMA!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |


    I don't think cnn want to explot hillary. But if it was OBOMA you can bet it would be all over the cable channels


    May 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Lynette

    A Win IS A Win IS A WIN!!!
    Woo Hoo! !!

    May 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. kalliope

    CNN, I was wondering why you chose to stoop to having Rev. Wright on the headline of your political page when we are involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our economy is sinking, and we are laughed at as a nation across the world... but after reading the comments on this blog entry, I see you are playing to your audience.

    May 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. wakethehellup!!!!!

    Bridgette – PA, if there was something to report I am sure it would have been done by now. You people really need to let it go.

    May 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. HillarySkank on myspace

    Hillary, you lost Guam. You need to pack up your depends and go home. And no, you cannot be a space cadet.

    May 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Josh in MA

    Why is the media ignoring Paul v Clinton?

    Also, though I'm an Obama supporter, news from Guam indicates the votes will NOT be confirmed until there is an investigation into the 500 so called "spoiled" ballots. So after those are looked into we may have a different result, especially when only 7 votes separate the two.

    May 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. Kate from Vancouver

    Why isn't CNN reporting the actual percentage breakdown in Guam instead of rounding off to 50% each? This is another of hundreds of examples of CNN's bias toward Hilary. Your news, your site and your editorials all show favouritism for Hlary. could it be only to continue the drama? Are you not interested in what's best for your country???

    I'm no longer going to CNN for information because I don't TRUST you.

    May 3, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. BRiley

    Wow...go Obama! Guess the island of Guam doesn't truly know him yet. Maybe they don't get any coverage on Obama over the TV. He's a FAKE!! Mark my words!! You"ll all soon find out once the Republicans get a swing at him. Hillary is too nice to point out all of his shortcomings, but the Republicans could care less.

    May 3, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Michael Sanchez

    Obama was expected to win Guam by double digits before the latest Wright controversy. A 7 vote "win" is really a HUGE loss from a momentum perspective. OBAMA WAS WRONG ABOUT WRIGHT. Now his close ties to his racist and anti-American minister as well as criminals like Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers demonstrate poor judgment – at best.

    I personally like Barack Obama but he CANNOT win in November. Hillary can. The Republicans attack machine will exploit Obama's self-inflicted wounds until he is destroyed. It's time to do what's best for the Democratic Party by uniting behind Hillary Clinton.

    C'mon John Edwards...LEAD!

    May 3, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. john

    Obama was supposed to win by double digits. He one by .01...Pathetic!

    Hillary also has a super from guam... and its evenly split on pledged


    May 3, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Choate

    I dont think anyone understand how caucuses work. 7 votes means he won 7 more precints than Clinton. That could me by 10 total votes or 10,000 total votes. Same with all the other caucuses that have been held. That's why the popular vote count means nothing in the primaries.

    May 3, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Scot C.

    Seven votes is seven votes that won the caucus in Guam.

    To Sharon: What exactly is wrong with you? By the way, there's no evidence that Obama doctored the War Room video. Obama doesn't have to be worried at all about that. Are you sure you're a Democrat or a Republican pretending to be a Democrat? In either case, since you are a Hillary supporter, I think that you and your candidate are really getting desperate.

    The racist comment about being an Oreo is un-American and un-Patriotic. Jealous are you? Sounds like it. SERIOUSLY, GET A LIFE.

    May 3, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    According to CNN, the results should be following:

    Guam Clinton 50% and Obama 50%: Clinton ties Obama.

    Pennsylvania Clinton 55% and Obama 45%: Clinton wins by double-digit.

    Any comments on the math by the media?

    May 3, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Michael


    I suggest you do more homework. It was clearly explained that the caucus in Guam was not an actual caucus as we know them, but a primary ELECTION as we know them. Otherwise, it would not have taken the better part of a day to do a count of the votes.

    That said, that was an election that Obama won - that's the first thing. Secondly, you Hillary supporters need to face reality. Try as she might, but remember it was already said (looooong ago) that she would have to win 70% of the remaining elections (of which only 8 are left now) for her to even come close in delegates and popular votes.

    Lastly, and most importantly, there are yet undisclosed skeletons in Clinton's closet that, whether or not CNN or any other network chooses not to publicize at this time, the Republicans will ENSURE it's front-page news everywhere else (so CNN will be behind the 8-ball). The majority of the Superdelegates already know that and are only waiting for ONE (1) win from Obama to continue moving in his direction. Thank God Tuesday is just around the corner! Oh Yes!! 🙂

    May 3, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    They must have tv's in Guam and have seen the truth, at least half of them, This victory should give the superdelegate more to ponder. Obama was suppose to win Guam by double digits? Not a good win for Obama but it is a win none the less..

    May 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Oh my lord


    He only won by 7 votes lol?????????????????

    I think its a victory for Hillary in reality, this is a caucus where he should have done better, second its near his home state of Hawaai, third he only won by 7 votes lol hahahahah

    I cant stop laughing

    Go Hillary!

    May 3, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Robert Grunwell

    A win is a win.... heck !!

    What do you mean by just 7 votes.

    Its a shame that CNN does not understand the way the Democrats report their caucuses. They are reported in electoral votes and not regular votes. So you've got to understand that the 7 electoral votes will translate into at least 200 or more regular votes.

    As at today, no one knows how many people voted for Obama in Iowa

    CNN, educate your audience


    May 3, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Ann Marie

    I haven't seen any polls showing that Obama was favored to win in Guam. Did they do a poll? I think Hillary was favored to win, seeing as she's visited Guam as First Lady. Obama has never even been to Guam. Victory!

    Obama '08

    May 3, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. poyoray

    ha ha look at this

    9:30 a.m. Guam – Herbie Perez, Democrat Party Nominating Committee Chairperson, says officials will look over the large amount of “spoiled” ballots in the coming days. At issue is small margin of victory for Senator Barack Obama. He beat his rival Senator Hillary Clinton by 7 votes, but well over 500 ballots were deemed invalid during the tabulation process. Perez says she will not certify the results because the Committee needs to ensure all were properly identified as “spoiled.” She says officials from the Party and representatives from both candidates will meet probably Monday or Tuesday to address that issue.

    She is also looking into missing ballots. In total, over 8,100 were printed in response to reports of shortages at precinct sites. But when the final vote count was given, only a little over 4.500 ballots were used.

    May 3, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Jayson

    Good job Guam. Way to waste money on choosing a presidential candidate when you don't care enough to become a state and get to actually vote when the big day comes.

    May 3, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Fernando

    Obama supporters are so blind and don't realize that he was predicted to win big in Guam, this is not good for him, 7 votes is merely nothing... let's see how Indiana and North Carolina vote. He also had a 20+ percent lead on her, which is now about 6... people are truly starting to question his experience and his ability to lead this country.

    May 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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