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. wakgari

    hey Obama, keep your head up. people never being with cabal news all we are with you no matter what. we need the change we believe in.!!!!!!!!!!!
    31st.....those who don't know you better define you now as Guam did today. You are the only true leader, we look forward seen you in W/House.
    Go Obama!!!!!!!!woooooooooooo

    May 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Josie

    Way to go Hillary!! You beat expectations! So many of us are so proud of you! I was pleasantly surprised that you came to within a mere 7 votes of Obama since he usually wins big with caucuses.

    May 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Jim Garza

    great.... Obama wins Guam by 7 votes. He can be Guam's president where he may be able to accomplish his big dreams. Start there Barack.

    Hillary for the U.S.

    May 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. richard

    obama will win the nomination with more than 7 votes and will defeat mcain with more than 7 votes in the electoral college.

    May 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. James Rapp

    This is why I hate caucus. Guam has 175000 inhabitants. But less than 5000 people participated in this caucus. There is no doubt Hillary would have creamed Obama here if this was a primary.
    Obama has been the clear favorite in Guam. People were predicting a win like the one he had in Hawaii.
    Obama is finish. Go Hillary.... I bet Cafferty is maaaaad.

    May 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. annie

    I don't believe CNN that I would really call 7 votes a VICTORY for your "precious"

    May 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. John

    Who wins Guam? Clinton does.The superdelegate will chime in for Hillary. I don't know if CNN is upset bacause Obama did not win? They may be upset because their big cahuna,Obama was supposed to blow clinton by 30%,and go back for the bragging rights.That did not happen.Guam citizens don't milk goats,they are smart hardworking, genuine and very sincere.Goood!! job! Guamanians.Clinton supporters ar very thankful.In four years I am confident you will be qualified to vote for the President of the USA.Thanks once more.

    May 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |


    May 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. ChristiB


    Have you no shame – there was a primary all day in Guam between Obama and Clinton...

    CNN has produced loving stories about Clinton all day – not once saying how every single expert has said the gas tax holiday is a total sham.

    And the only time you bring up Obama you keep insinuating this is going to hurt him in the general election!!!!

    Between Bill, Hillary, Wright, ABC's PA stunt, I'm suprised he pulled out as good as he did.

    Just be journalists instead of sensationalists for a change.

    May 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Trev

    Since Obama fans are spinning the result, here is some HIllary spin. Normally, Obama wins caucuses by 20-30%. This time he won by 7 votes. The bottom is falling out.

    Hillary 08

    May 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Ross in MD

    Why are all the Clinton supporters claiming Obama was predicted to win big in Guam? I haven't seen one poll coming from Guam or any reason to think Obama would have a tactical advantage.

    I'm glad this ends Hillary's winning streak of one.

    What ever happened to the Peter Paul vs Clinton trial?

    May 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. roger s

    Obama wins guam and what do I see but a picture of wright-lou dobbs must be in charge of this insulting,racist act. I can't beleive that cnn is this bias. Let's all remember that hillary was the only one caught in a out right lie-how about sniper liar cnn-how easy is cnn going to let her off?

    May 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. NC for OBAMA

    CNN is baised....We all have come to that conclusion....They will do anything to keep this mess going. A win is a win. Hillary visited Guam when she was first lady. THe Clinton brand is known everywhere....

    Guam is over 2000 miles from any Haiwaii....And CNN didnt predict he should win until 50 % of the precincts had reported.I haved watched CNN all day today. And it seems the better Obama does, the more CNN focuses on Rev Wright, or a narrow win...etc.

    The polls are NOT close in NC....I nor anyone I know have received one call from any Pollsters LOL. So I don't believe the polls......his rally had 10 of thousands of people here in CHarlotte the other night. Many who could not get in....

    ALSO why we not talking about when HILLARY got BOOED in Raleigh. ???????AT the Jefferson Center???? GOOGLE Hillary booed Jefferson...

    OBAMA 08

    May 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Dylan John

    Uhh... what exactly makes you think he was supposed to "win big" here? Simply because he grew up on an island (a completely different island), it did not give him any particular edge in Guam. This primary was entirely fair game. It even mentions a lot of old folks made up the elctorate, which should have favored Hillary.

    This is another Clinton attempt to increase expectations and downplay their loss.

    May 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. jsg

    Senator Obama, you take too long to respond. You should have dumped Rev Wright a long time ago. Of course, you did not knlw that you would one day be running for President, but you did know that "learning" the black experience, with which you were not totally familiar considering your background, would have to end – some day. Guess when! Rev Wright, a small potato in this soup simply cannot be equated with a female figure who brought down a presidency who is now struggling to get his wife back into his old spot, while you, a decent, forthright, honest person, the best to come along, the pride in you and your campaign is astounding and here you are being brought to your knees by a dime store reverend. Because that is what he has turned nimself into. I hope it is not too late. People want big mouth, nasty, vindictive, Hillary and her husband rather than you. Are most people like her? No, But they know that she represents them and will fight like a caged beast. C'mon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,get with it. Stop struggling over words, say them, spit them ouit!!! WIN in Indiana and N Carolina. Seven votes in Guam, for heaven's sake......we won't make it this way.

    Go away, Cameron Brown, Kitty Pilgrim – such two faced types. Also Dobbs, what a clown. Pretending to care.

    May 3, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Alex in MA

    CNN, your bias is disgusting. You have a frontpage that read "Obama wins GUAM..." and a photo of "Hillary for President"! Anyone who actually believes anything that CNN publishes must be a moron! CLINTON NEWS NETWORK. You all must be ashamed of yourselves! Makes me want to puke!

    May 3, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. ShannonL

    WAIT!!! Using Gov. Richardson's logic...Hillary really won Guam!!

    May 3, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Vivian Beals

    CNN = Clinton News Network. Why do you keep Wright picture the whole day instead of talking about real issues. Obama WOn again even if its one vote. This is America. Just say Obama Won Guam

    May 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Rudolph

    Officials say recount is imminent
    Pacific News Center Staff Reporter 04.MAY.08
    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.
    – Pacific News Center – Guam, Saipan, CNMI, Asia-Pacific

    May 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. TMR

    Winning by 7 votes does not count. People, think about Obama's ideology! He has been in the Church which preaches Liberation Theology. This theology has a direct link to the communists' philosopy of Karl Marx! Do you know what this is? Read about Soviet history.
    Please, vote for anyone else, but not Obama!

    May 3, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. 3rd World Elections!

    7 votes goes one way vs the other, out of thousands cast.

    CNN Politics on Guam::Voters cast secret ballots in polling places as opposed to publicly aligning themselves in presidential candidate preference groups, as in more traditional caucuses, such as in Iowa and Nevada.

    Were any votes lost? Not recorded? If recorded for another, like an elderly, recorded accurately? All absentee ballets in and accounted for? Any improper voting in the mix?

    This sounds like a Third World Election result.

    Hmmmm.....Where is the DNC tonight?

    May 3, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Congratulations, Senator Obama. Add one more state to your column. Thank you Guam.

    May 3, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |

    The Clintons are a house hold name the fact that a unknown if you will can come in this race a not only compete with them, but is ahead of them to a margin that they can not win without the help of the SD practically giving the nomination to them upon them having to discredit this formidable candidate, Obama and the entire Democratic Party speaks volumes, not only does it question their reputation as past sitting president and first lady, but it also brings to question among other things their personal reputations.

    So the fact that Obama only won this area by 7 votes does not matter, but the fact that he has not only won this one should not be minimized because one would not expect him to win any, but not only has he done so he has won almost twice as many as the Clintons and that says more than anything.

    He sure surprised the Clintons they thought it would be a cake walk!!

    May 3, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. NC for Obama

    Go Obama !!

    Raleigh, NC – Another victory, another step closer to the white house. Even with the media all day still trying to keep the Wright issue alive, you are proving that you have what it takes to weather the storms. Clinton has not had any attacks on her for several weeks now, but yet you still pulled out a victory. The media does not want this to end and trust me they will keep these distractions alive in order to keep their ratings up. And get this, they even displayed her win results in PA for the last part of the election broadcast. PA is over, what's up with that? Hello, CNN, were on Guam now, ok?

    Don't worry, my whole family in NC is rooting for you and marching to the polls to vote for you on Tuesday!!

    Obama 08'

    May 3, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    This is just going to cause the delegates to ponder why he only won by 7 votes when he should have won by double digits? They have to know Rev. Wright will play into the general election big time. No more caucuses, little private box where you won't be labled a racist if you don't like Obama. I'm sure the Obamas will say he lost because he was black. He will lose because he sat around listening to anti-american sermons for 20 years and then lied about even hearing them. Threw his grandmother under the bus, then threw Uncle Wright under the bus when it became politically necessary. Missed 40% of the US Senate votes including the one about Iran. Never held a meeting on Afghanastan in over 15 months of being the chairman of the committee on Al qaeda in Afghanastan. A real go getter this Obama. I can see the great changes he would make..NOT

    May 3, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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