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. Tide is Turning

    CNN favors Obama by the amount of Guam reports. The candidates will split the delagates. The tide is turning toward Hillary in spite of the media trying to spin voters toward Obama.

    May 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. lol

    obama won by 7 votes big deal, they split everything, but this doesn't compare to PA where hillary smoked him. vote hillary 08!

    May 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Joe Reg

    7 votes does not mean 7 individual votes, because caucuses is not the same as primaries votes.

    Therefore those 7 votes would translate into a least 500 or about one 1000 regular votes. that's the way you get to see it.

    Who gets the momentum now.

    Go Obama go!

    May 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. anti-hillary

    hillary lost guam. cnn post a big picture of wright in the web and we have 3 days for the election in IN and NC. cnn is working for hillary. why does cnn post a wright picture in the web?

    May 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Tide is Turning

    CNN favors Obama by the amount of Guam reports. The candidates will split the delagates. The tide is turning toward Hillary in spite of the media trying to spin voters toward Obama.
    Maybe Fox would let this be posted...

    May 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Black Republican, New York, New York

    CNN should check itself. One headline reads: OBAMA LOSING SUPPORT! Another reads: Clinton gaining on Obama. And now: Obama edges out Clinton by 7 votes. I'm confused, but could CNN tell us who is leading this race and in whose favor the math now stands?

    The remaining races are going to be close, except for North Carolina, which Obama is likely to win by a blow out. But CNN will not concede that Hillary will still lose the nomination because its serves CNN's news interests to keep this race going, even if it makes CNN look stupid for doing so.

    This race is effectively over. Tell Hillary the truth she doesn't want to hear: She is a loser who is a user who is getting a taste of her own medicine: CNN is using her to make news.

    May 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. gman

    Why do you guys keep saying he was suppose to win by double digits? I never saw that posted anywhere. If anything it was too close to call. Clinton already had endorsements...and Bill did a live interview to discuss Guam issues. All OB had was the fact he once lived in the Pacific. Never saw the double digit or landslide thing. I do take issue with the statement he only won becuase he's a person of color. Stop making everything a race issue. Maybe just seven more voters thought he was a better canidate.

    May 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. libby


    Go Hillary!!! You will win by the time the spoiled ballots are counted. A lot of the good elderly people in Guam voted for Hillary and they are more likely to have spoiled their ballots.

    Great job and thank you Guam

    May 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. LuLu

    Pathetic! I agree with the above posters that it's pathetic to have Wright on the top of the page all day long. What rates that being in the news at all today, let alone the top story? WHY is this being dragged up over and over and over and over, to the exclusion of all the other important topics?!?! CNN – please move on and cover all of Hillary's negatives with as much diligence.
    Yay Guam
    Go Obama

    May 3, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Rob

    As much as people like to call this a caucus, it was not. It work more like a standard vote. Also the reason why people thing Obama was supposed to "win big", was based on belief that because he was born in Hawaii, it would transcend to being a Pacific islander and GUAM and Hawaii are both in the Pacific Ocean! Oh but happen to be over 1k miles apart.

    May 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Jodie, Idaho

    Obama was not favored to win. Guam is like 3,000 miles from Hawaii. Why would he be favored? Everyone listen!!! Why are you prolonging this race? Vote for Obama and lets unite this party! The Supers will never over throw the candidate with the most pledged delegates. Do the math!! It is impossible for HIllary to beat Obama in pledged delegates. You are only helping the republicans. Hillary can win next year. Please do this for the sake of our nation. We can not stand another 4 years of McSame!!

    May 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. Ann T

    You can bet a month's salary had Hillary won, even by a mere 7 votes CNN would have splattered in banner-style across the headlines. I noteiced earlier (right after the win). They have a title show "Obama wins Guam by only 7 votes." Okay, fair I guess, a very small edge. But....the picture under the headline was that of a huge Hillary for President sign. We know whoi's running the show CNN. It might be easier to accept if you'd just admit your lapdogs for the Hillary camp. Not that I plan to view your shows or read your site much anymore.

    All that being said...GO OBAMA.....He's ahead by 9 in NC and by one in IN. I'll do the dance of joy if he wins both IN & NC.. If he only wins one, that's cool BUT that means more desperate measures in the Hillary campaign.

    May 3, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. NMT

    cnn, why do you have Jeremiah Wright as head lines , instead of Obama wins Guam???
    I guess you will do the same thing you did the last time and all prevoius primaries, bring up rezco attached to Barack, Playing over and over Hilary tears...I am canadian...but i just laugh at the american Media...CNN you should know you are being watched by the whole world. Is this some conspiracy theory..Obama wins, but Rev wright is the headlines, with videos from two/three days ago...cmon CNN who is in charge there...or is this the new Kitchen sink....Clinton News Network?????????

    May 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Grandma C

    Horray for Obama on his Guam victory. They must not watch US television CNN or he would not have won. Does the media have to continue to focus on Rev. Wright. That is yesterdays news – I for one am sick of it. This is last weeks news that wasn't worthy of the coverage it got. Why don't you report the the negative on Hillary? Heaven knows her bad manners are enough to make you ashamed to be a women.

    May 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Incoming Sniper Fire

    8:50 a.m. — When all of the ballots were finally counted - a process that lasted through the night until well after the sun was up - Sen. Barack Obama had the most votes from Guam Democrats in the party’s caucus held yesterday.

    Obama finished with 2,264 votes to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2,257 votes – a 7-point difference. Obama never trailed from the first vote count on.

    Obama won 14 of 21 districts. Most districts that were won by Clinton were by small margins.

    Obama got 37 votes in Ordot, 19 in Maina, 151 in Inarajan, 46 in Asan, 55 in Chalan Pago, 87 in Santa Rita, 102 in Mongmong-Toto-Maite, 28 in Hagåtña, 158 in Barrigada, 36 in Merizo, 49 in Piti, 131 in Sinajana, 108 in Agana Heights, 194 in Mangilao 192 in Tamuning, 27 in Umatac, 76 in Talofofo, 224 in Yigo, 104 in Yona, 127 in Agat and 313 in Dededo for a total of 2,264 votes.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton took 18 votes in Ordot, 22 in Maina, 87 in Inarajan, 33 in Asan, 87 in Chalan Pago, 73 in Santa Rita, 81 in Mongmong-Toto-Maite, 29 votes in Hagåtña, 166 in Barrigada, 33 in Merizo, 51 in Piti, 89 in Sinajana, 105 in Agana Heights, 155 in Mangilao, 193 in Tamuning, 24 in Umatac, 52 in Talofofo, 211 in Yigo, 98 in Yona, 141 in Agat and 509 in Dededo for a total of 2,257 votes.

    May 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Luis

    Obama voters are like the people in the San Angelo cult. They just follow blindly because they have been brainwashed. You know nothing about this man!! Winning by 7 points in Guam is actually a big loss for the Obama cult.

    May 3, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Get Real

    Guam...Guam...???? I am laughing my you know what off. Guam has a caucaus to chime in for the President of the United States and Florida and Michigan can't vote. I know I must be in the Twilight Zone!!!!

    May 3, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Joe Reg

    Do you know how the caucuses work. Those 7 votes are more than 7 individual votes.



    It is Obama country.

    Go Obama go!

    May 3, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. jeremy


    May 3, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. John

    Breaking news Flash! From reliable sources,we are learning vaguely that the Obama supporters camp are forcing (sen.Pres! ) Obama to immediately demand a recount in Guam! Your argument our leader(Obama) you are so popular a star,you should win by a landslide in Guam.We demand the recount now now! What time is it? Obama asks.the supps respond-It is 3.00AM in Guam.Ok OK forget it we will talk to them in 20years retorts Obama! Forget it mumbles an angry supporter.

    May 3, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    peter paul vs. clintons

    May 3, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Obama 08

    CNN it's pathetic to have Wright on the top of the page all day long Shame on you.
    let it go
    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Roy

    Florida had its rules broken by REPUBLICANS, not DEMOCRATS.

    May 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. jack

    why wont u report on Ron Paul who is still in the race.

    May 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. Arwa from AZ

    TO BA

    May 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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