May 3rd, 2008
01:12 PM ET
14 years ago

Steady voter turnout in Guam caucuses

HAGATNA, Guam (CNN) - They can’t vote for president in November, but today, their votes to help choose the Democratic nominee for president will make a difference. So residents in the tiny U.S. territory of Guam, with its population of nearly 175,000, continue to line up in a steady stream to cast ballots for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Dededo resident Cathleen Moore-Linn stood in line for over an hour outside the old police precinct in Dededo, Guam’s most populated village. Despite the 90-degree tropical heat and no air conditioning at the polling site, she says, “Nobody left. A lot of manamko’ (elderly people) came out to vote. And people were filling out the forms to join the Democrat Party.”

At villages in the southern end of the island, which is far less populated, election committee member Nancy Weare says the voting is running smoothly. “There’s a constant flow of traffic, and good voter turnout.”

At stake are Guam’s four delegate votes at the national convention in Denver in August. Island voters today are electing eight delegates, who will each have a half vote at the convention. Two of Guam’s five superdelegates have already pledged one vote each to Clinton and Obama. The other three superdelegates, including congressional delegate Madeleine Bordallo, remain undeclared.

Vying for Guam’s delegate and superdelegate votes in their tight race for the nomination, the two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls have inundated the island with radio and TV advertisements, each promising long-awaited political gains: the ability for Guamanians to be able to vote for president, lifting the territory’s cap on Medicaid, and perhaps the most coveted prize of all, war reparations in the form of over $120 million. A war reparations bill, sponsored by Bordallo, would issue payments to the survivors of Japan’s control of the island during World War II and would create educational and research programs about the occupation. The legislation is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

The polls closed on Guam at 8 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET). Hand tabulation of the ballots is expected to take approximately three hours. In the island’s 2006 gubernatorial election, 55,311 people were registered to vote. The Democratic candidate received nearly 19,000 votes, and although voter turnout today is steady, election officials say it is not expected to be unusually high.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Guam • Hillary Clinton • Race to '08
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. gina

    Thank you Elizabeth. I go for Hillary but since most of you think that Obama is the best! Well , I hope he wins so that in the future , you will be feeling like you feel about Bush today. You want him with no experience?? take him and I will be laughing very soon. I wish I could say the things that I think about him , but I CAN'T . You people are crazy for voting for him. MY GOD! AGHH, this guy...

    May 3, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Julie

    Well at least Obama cant bus in people from all of the mainland to vote ,like he did here. No wonder he won the caucaus states close to Illinios.

    FYI– Joe Andrews has connections to Michell Obama, HMMMM,

    May 3, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Kirk in New York

    So.......pardon me for asking, but why is it exactly that Guam votes in this primary?

    Ironic that Guam residents votes are counted, but mainland states have been disqualified. I don't suppot rewarding the states taht violated the rules....I just find it ironic!

    May 3, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Jeb

    Obama can have these 4 delegates. Hillary will take Puerto Rico's 63.



    May 3, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. charles

    Hillary really doesn’t buy that. She has principles, but she doesn’t believe in principled stands. She thinks that if she can get elected, she can do great things. And to get there, she’s prepared to do whatever. That certainly includes endorsing any number of meaningless-to-ridiculous ideas. (See: her bill to make it illegal to desecrate an American flag

    May 3, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. takashi

    If Hillary Clinton wins this contest, she will have attained a 5 contest winning streak, more momentum into tuesdays primaries, and street cred. What's more though is that she will have the responsibility to fulfill her promises on her plegdes to Guam (along with Obama, reguardless of who loses) and I do hope that they get the ability to vote in the presidential campaign as they should, and achieve some sort of statehood.

    May 3, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Jim

    I don't understand how they can vote in the primary, but not the general election. Seems like it should be all or nothing...

    May 3, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Joe Schmo



    May 3, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. IOWA Dem

    Who is the favorite in Guam?

    May 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  10. Darryl

    What about the truth about the Clinton when is the news going to be honest ?

    I will say this this has turnin to a devisive race the media is Pro Clinton. not fair at all.

    May 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Cowboy Jack

    It's a caucus, and as we've learned, Sen. Obama is very good at winning contests that don't really count

    May 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Susan MO

    We hope their vote is for Hillary Clinton.

    For good reasons!

    May 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Roby

    HRC and Bill Clinton are undergoing a civil trial against Peter Paul for fraud and illegal campaign practices. The Bill Clinton appointed Superior Court judge ruled HRC doesn't have to stand trial until after the General Election in November. The Clinton's have had the case dismissed before by attacking Paul's credibility, citing Pauls prior felony record. HRC is a scam artist, and should she win the nomination she'd be the first female nominee possibly looking at jail time. I do not trust this woman; we can do better.

    May 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. jane in CA

    Voters need to know that we cannot have unlimited resources. Hill promises billion dollars for everything to get the votes. Where does she get the money from? Be realistics, today is not 10 years ago, changes need to be made and can be made from the sincere candidate. Vote for OBAMA.

    May 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. John

    This is an excellent participation of Guamanians to vote with enthusiasim in their caucuses.Every vote counts,that is Democracy!!

    May 3, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Why is it that we are not hearing anything about the infamous "EXIT" polls?

    May 3, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. Willy

    "And people were filling out the forms to join the Democrat Party.”
    Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos in full force on Gaum

    May 3, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. pa voter

    does it matter who wins? If clinton wins cnn will mock her and say so what its only 4 delegates and if nobama wins it will be one more state in his win credit. Instead of leaning soooooo much towards obama, why don't you try to report the news as it is? I watch your show every once and a while, and i read the blogs, but when you read the blogs and e-mails on the air, the only ones you read about clinton are neg. when i read them on here, I find positive ones you could read also. Then i started thinking maybe you want obama to win so you have news for the next 4 years. All the news about how he is screwing up our country!!!!!!!! open your eyes cnn, and do your jobs!!!!

    May 3, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Jeff, Indiana

    . . Hillary herself has created this division of so called “white blue collar
    workers”. This is just a thinly veiled reference to the voters who won’t
    vote for him because he is of mixed race. There are thousands of white blue collar workers who are behind Senator Obama 100%. I happen
    to be one of them. This is just another one of Hillary’s race-baiting
    tactics. Those voters that Hillary describe are really the ones that
    have a different cultural outlook, and its called prejudice.

    Obama 08.

    May 3, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Victor in NC

    Go Obama, Obama, Obama
    I am still waiting on you to posted the story Peter Paul vs Clintons

    May 3, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Doug, Florida

    134 delegates to go and Barack can't be caught. Game over on May 20

    Go Barack / Bloomberg 08

    May 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Mike

    Impeached presidents or their family members, who are also facing
    fraud charges (Paul vs. Clinton) should not be allowed to run for the
    oval office again.

    May 3, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. walt ohio


    May 3, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. whites.dudes.4.obama08

    a new dictator in this great country we love usa the mind controler quess who ? hilarry clinton americans you scare her ? yes there is a many fake ppls with a fake brain and mind r scare clinton ! shes said you vote for me or i kill you so they have scared her but not us a white dudes + a millions youngs ppls said not thanx we r not scared no more we needed our country back ! there some ppls said obama cant win our suport but we r here to approve wrong ! a millions voices said obama never quit never give up we got u back a millions voices stand for a change in washington do it or die obama or nobody white black latino asia 2008

    May 3, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Snowcat

    Great. These votes will count but not the ones from Florida and Mich. Nothing like a party trying it's best to represent all of the people. Count Florida. Count Michigan. Next time can we please run an election like adults and stop all of this foolishness? If not for Obama we would have had a wonderful candidate in place and already taking on the Republican. No wonder blue coller workers have left the party and certainly won't be coming home if Obama is the nom.

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