May 3rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama holds Guam lead with largest precincts still to be tallied

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton in Guam."]
(CNN) - Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton in Guam's Democratic presidential caucuses with votes from the largest of the island's 19 villages still to be counted, according to a Guam election official.

With 12 out of 19 villages reporting, Obama has 899 votes (53.9 percent) compared to 769 votes (46.1 percent) for Clinton.

The presidential candidates are battling for Guam's four pledged delegate votes. A total of eight delegates will be elected, each with half a vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

Also on the ballot Saturday was the race for chairman and vice chairman of the U.S. territory's Democratic party. The winners of that race will serve as superdelegates. According to the election official, the slate of Pilar Lujan and Jaime Paulino currently leads the slate of Joseph Artero Cameron and Arlen Bordallo. Lujan remains uncommitted in the race for president while running-mate Paulino has endorsed Obama. Both Cameron and Bordallo have endorsed Clinton. Incumbent chairman Tony Charfauros and running-mate Mary Ann Cabrera are currently in third place. Neither has endorsed a presidential candidate.

Although called “caucuses,” Saturday’s event in Guam functions more like a party-run primary. Voters cast secret ballots in polling places, as opposed to publicly aligning themselves in presidential candidate preference groups which occurs in more traditional caucuses, such as in Iowa and Nevada.

Polls closed in Guam at 6am eastern time, and vote-counting is expected to continue well into the afternoon. Guam is 14 hours ahead of eastern time.

soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Carol in NC

    IN and NC — look beyond loyalties … your local politicians are beholden to Hillary because they owe the Clintons …

    Make a clean start — break away from the madness — think of the your children and the nations children and future generations …

    The time to change is upon us … Obama '08 … our future needs real change!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Shalini

    Hillary pls pls pls get out and make everyones life easier. All you hillary people you know she is a big DRAMAQUEEN and LAIR!!!! We can not afford any more crap now.

    Obama for President !

    May 3, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. jen

    Obama cheats in caucus states he cheated here in iowa at 4 precints just in my town peopel form Ilinois came to vote and under age teens. no one checked IDs. OBAMA IS A CHEAT. why do you think he wins caucus states each time.

    May 3, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Peter

    All-riggggggggggggggggggghhhhhht OBAMA !
    Senior Citizen here ( 70 ) and behind you all the way!
    I agree with the negativity of CNN....that's what they are best in; just watch a certain Lou Dobbs for one evening....that's all I could take.

    Congratulations Obama !

    May 3, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Jimmy-South Carolina

    Go Obama!!!!!! Paul vs Clinton !! Read about it!!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Mike

    To all of you who believe that Senator Clinton will surrender over the results of Guam, you are nuts!

    Go Hillary!!!

    Let O'bum bum have Guam, better yet, let him move there!!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Eric

    CNN can you report on Obama picking up three superdelegates today. Can you remove the picture of Rev. Wright. You posted it ad nauseam, so we get the idea. Coud you start to act like a real news network.

    May 3, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Nikita D. Williams

    Obama is a great American hero,! He stands for the American people!!

    My support is for the Obama family he is for all Americans!!! Thank you Barack Obama for choosing to support the country that you love so much. You are willing to stand even if it is alone to stand for what is true and accurate.

    Barack Obama you remind me of the story in the bible; David against Goliath.

    May our heavenly Father grant you favor with Him and with man, that all that you do propser for you and your family.

    That do hurt, harm, or danger come against you.

    By His Grace,
    Nikita D. Williams. Houston, Texas

    May 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Joe Lauscher is a joke

    The only reason he's winning is because of skin color? I guess it's just another example of how this society is so designed to favor minorites, right? Give it up...Hillary's going to lose because she's extremely dislikeable....

    And how do you like this one – the only reason Hillary is even in the race is because she was married to Bill Clinton, which means the only reason she'll even be able to finish second is because she's a woman

    May 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Ed, Fl

    Good for Him because he has been pounded by the press for the last two weeks. And that includes CNN( Surprising), ABC and FOX news( not surprising).

    May 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    I heard Barack's speech in Indianapolis today...he's got his focus back!!

    May 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. kymy


    May 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Rebecca from SC

    Obama girl couldn't have said it better!

    Obama '08!

    May 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Obama Mama

    Why does CNN love Hil-LIAR-y so much????? Not to worry Obama fans......he will have this in the bag by next month. I can hear the fat lady in the pant suit singin now!

    May 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. concerned

    Nothing to do with Guam , but lots to do with election.

    What about info on Hillary's paster that is in jail for child abuse.
    Is this info off limits cuz its conected to Hillary?

    If this stuff was used against Obama and nobody protested, than it should be posted against Hillary

    May 3, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Shalini

    HILLARY can't even win GUAM...what a shame. She should drop out and make things easier for damocrats.


    May 3, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Shalini

    GO OBAMA !!!! ALL THE WAY......

    May 3, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. LIZ


    May 3, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. B-DOGG

    God bless us rich people, huh Hillary, who is the elitist now?????
    Hillary is the type of person that would ignore regular folk when she is with her rich friends.

    May 3, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Susan, Seattle WA


    May 3, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. DUBY

    Please do not let the 3-Headed Monster(Hilary-Wright-Republicans) dictate to you who Obama really is. Before, during and after all of this Wright crap, we knew who the best candidate will be for the country.

    May 3, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. ginny

    Why on earth is CNN still going on and on and on about Reverend Wright, still the page highlight. Enough already.

    May 3, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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