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. scarter

    The media refuses to let go of the Rev. Wright mess. We the American people want to move on to issues that matter but the media will not allow this. Could it be because they can't find anything else to talk about? Or maybe it is because you are trying to hurt Obama in this campaign. We always here that this is just politics. For once let's put aside politics and be fair.

    May 3, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Shelby08


    You don't go to jail for losing in a civil trial get your facts straight.

    Hillary is the only candidate we can count on to lead our Country out of the mess that has been created by the Bush administration. Guam go for Hillary.

    May 3, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Ricardo Williams

    McCain: Remarks on oil not about Iraq war.
    Similar to Clinton's support for McCain not about Republicans
    The only real choice is Obama.
    McCain the straight talker now trying to lie about his comment about the Iraq war being about oil. Thanks to your straight talk you're now in the "Liar, Liar, Liar," mode.
    Clinton about scrambling behind McCains gas tax relief. That will only allow the Oil giants to bump the price higher and higher. What will happen when another bridge collapse? That is an insult for the familes who lost loved ones during the collapse. We should be doing more not less.
    And CNN thanks for not posting my previous notes
    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. JPW

    I would like to read more about Mr. Obama in this CNN blog. I am undecided voter and would like to educate myself on the candidates. Unfortunately, this CNN blog seems to be dedicated to only tooting the horn for Clinton and features only one post about Obama that is about his ex-pastor. Pretty shameful - what type of democracy are we living in when we cannot depend on the news?

    May 3, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Tom

    I just post a comment about CNN is Attacking Obama badly and how CNN is racist against Obama how they post good things about Hillary and negative things about Obama. I wondering why CNN didnt post my comment.

    May 3, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. scott

    So My writing always ends up waiting moderation lets just write jusnk and see what happens. Michelle obamam looks like cornelius from the planet of the apes. this will proubly post

    May 3, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. mary

    it's interesting to read from peoples opinions that smaller states don't matter. Are we not all equal?
    Just because I live in Rhode Island instead of California is my vote not as important?
    Wake up people let's get Obama elected because he leads in popular vote and delegates.
    Obama is bringing out young voters and that's great , that is back bone of our countries future.

    May 3, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Chris

    FYI....The citizens of Guam are not called Guamanians!!!! They are called Chimorrans. Get it right!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. OurTimeisNow


    What do you mean if not for Obama...we would have had a wonderful candidate in place. Obama hasn't made the choice to lead in delegates, states won, and the popular vote. The people have spoken and they've spoken loudly. So, maybe you should learn more about the democratic process when it comes to electing a presidential candidate. So sorry....I know Hillary was promised the presidency of 08....but again, the people have spoken and we are no longer standing for politics of the old....we are moving towards change that makes a difference and stands above the usual.

    May 3, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. elvispresley

    GO great Barack OBAMA!...DEFEAT that ANNOYING,FAKE Clinton!!... NO MORE Clintons in the White House!!...ENOUGH!!...

    May 3, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. elvispresley

    »»»VOTE OBAMA! Hillary "ANNOYING,FAKE" Clinton is NOT good enough to be President!!... Go Obama.

    May 3, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Tim Ohio

    If Obama is the nominee fellow dems, I, as a lifelong dem and elected official unfortunately predict a McGovern size loss in November.

    Clinton has fraught the battle fairly and has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is the strongest candidate.

    Indiana– Hillary +12 – 15

    North Carolina Hillary +5

    May 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Zoey

    Joe Schmo,

    You are delusional. It's obivous you haven't done your research about Hiliary Clinton and all her hidden secrets and lies. By the way, how did that Bosina trip go the last time she visited?

    May 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. M.Lynn North Dakota

    Let's see... Hillary has cried and lied. Now she's pandered. What's next...slander. I AM a Democrat and supported John Edwards early in the race. My choice for supporting Obama became very easy after watching the the downfall of dignity in the Clinton campaign.

    May 3, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Do the Math

    So HRC needs 428 of the remaining 695 uncommitted pledge and super delegates, a whopping 61% for every contest! Another Huckabee?... let's move on...Democrats 2008!!!

    May 3, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. jeff

    For all of you criticizing the fact that Guam's votes will count but Michigan and Florida will not, remember that before their primary elections, ALL Democratic candidates (including Hillary) and the DNC decided that those states should be censored by not counting their primaries.
    Hillary AGREED! Now that she needs their votes, she suddenly has a change in position. Very convenient.
    As far as Guam goes, they are a legal territory of the United States of America. Why shouldn't their votes count?

    Fifty year old college educated white Texan for Obama.
    ABC -Anybody But Clinton

    May 3, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. bill

    Why isn't McCain's blood for oil all over the news like Obama's non issues. Sounds like the media is trying to generate ratings vs news.

    May 3, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Dexter

    People, settle down. No matter what Hillary does, she cannot win the nomination. It really is over. The media and the CLinton's don't want you to think it is, but it is.

    Clinton isn't the nominee because she is a terrible manager. She couldn't do anything with health care when she had the chance because she can't work with people, and she couldn't take a sure bet nomination and run it to the general election, because she's arrogant, untrustworthy, and a bad manager.

    Yes, a woman president would be nice, but not that woman.

    This country has had enough of that kind of leadership.


    May 3, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. honkey white guy from cali

    I see all these delusional people in here posting how Hillary is going ot win wake up people look at fact superdelegates have already made there mind and notified each candidate even if they did not make it public the candidates know and guess what Obama wins comfortably it was not even close among superdelegates they are not as easy to fool with rove tactics as those uneducated people she targets.She has already lost and none of her supporters understand that it is very sad!

    May 3, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. ChristiB


    I'm a woman, but I'd never vote for that woman – she has proven beyond a doubt who she is over this election. Acting as if she's the defender of people's rights to vote – BALONIE! She recalculates the math to suit her.

    And Bill with his wagging finger. They made 109 million dollars – and they are trying to play into rural voters minds that they are just like them.

    I can't stand her. I won't ever vote for her, ever.

    May 3, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. That's a stupid question Kirk

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

    I am from the US Virgin Islands. Like the people of Guam I was born a US citizen. We should have a say in whom the next president will be because decisions made by the US affect all of its territories. Quit blaming Obama for Florida and Michigan's mistake!

    May 3, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. TARRY


    May 3, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. the_golden_child

    We all know that Barrack Obama mkills Hillary in contests from outside of the Mainland US. Look at the international results! Not to mention Guam is Closer to Hawaii!

    May 3, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Pittsburgh Guy

    You conveniently forget that Sen. Obama overwhelmingly won the Mississippi primary and Wyoming caucuses after mini-Super Tuesday. So, should Sen. Clinton win today in Guam, she would have a winning streak of two in a row.

    Oh, and in case you forgot, Sen. Obama had a winning streak of 11, at which point Sen. Clinton should have dropped out of the race, like any politician in her circumstances (see Romney, Mitt and Huckabee, Mike, as the latest examples) would have done.

    Good people of Indiana and North Carolina, please put an end to this charade on Tuesday. Yes, you can!

    May 3, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Robert

    OBAMA was this race won, OBAMA 2008

    May 3, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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