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. sozzi

    “My friends, I will have an energy policy which will eliminate our dependence on oil from Middle East that will then prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.”

    Think about how amazing this is. McCain is essentially saying that our quest to “spread democracy” throughout the Middle East is a sham. It has nothing to do with freeing oppressed people, or protecting Israel, or defending ourselves against future attacks. It’s about gaining control of foreign oil. Stunning. Will this get any significant media play?

    May 3, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Charlotte

    Roby,anon and others, aren't you smart enough to know if there was any validity to the paulvclinton case the networks would be all over it? Are you really that stupid? I'll bet you idiots have even donated to that site? Guam voters are allowed to vote in the primary but not the general? That is confusing to me as well? To tell the truth it never really mattered until this election. Florida and Michigan have always mattered until this election. Will wonders never cease?

    May 3, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. AF

    Obama is competeing aganist President Clinton, Hillary Clinton andJohn McCain, and he's still ahead. What does that tell you.

    May 3, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. After further review,Texas

    Rush Limbaugh should be jailed for calling for bloodshed and violence at the Dem. Convention but the chicken little media wont cover that either.

    May 3, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. bearilla17

    those are republicans voting for hillary because she is easier to beat in the general. She also is using deception think about it, she cant catch up in delegates or states won, she is like a junkie who doesnt think they are a addict,t she continues to brainwash her followers and talk to the american people like they are children.
    the voters who ignore the clear signs that the clintons are divisive are the voters who will never vote for a black or mixed canidate anyway, from news media to super delegates etc. they don't want a country that is color blind there is no money in equality...Oh yeah !! john mccain just admitted our troops are fighting for oil in the news, so what will hillary say when the war issue comes up? john mccain will high five her in that debate and then say you were on board....

    But really, is it me or is it as this election goes on hillary clinton is starting to look more and more about wolf blitzer

    May 3, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Robert

    Clinton will win Guam. Obama supporters are stooping to new lows as this contest goes on. Regardless of facts, they keep repeating the Paul vs.Clinton case, which is a frivilous lawsuit that was thrown out several times. The Clintons had no involvement. Guess that's why its not news. Spreading lies and altered viedo footage is the worse in negatice campaigning, especially when you spend all day tearing down Clinton. This is evident also in all you all responded over about Liz Taylor. Nasty, hateful comments. You have no room to talk about Clinton, as you show your hypocracy.

    A simple fact is that Hillary is not running on Bill's coat tails, she is qualified to be the next President and she is proven to me a strong contender. Obama will not win against McCain, Hillary will.

    Stop the lies people. Hillary is the choice of real democrats.

    May 3, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. rehoboth ng

    You are wrong 'Snowcat'.Blue collar workers are not leaving the party. It is just the figment of your imagination. Obama will still be the nominee and the same blue collar workers you said are leaving the party will still vote for him in the general election.

    May 3, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Steve


    What?! U make no cents.

    Anyways, Yea for Guam. :-}. How is it that a tiny island territory gets five superdelegates? What a waste!

    May 3, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Charlotte

    One other thing, are you also stupid enough to believe Bill Clinton was impeached? I thought you Obama-bots were supposed to be the smart ones, go figure...Look up the definition of impeached...

    May 3, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Willam from Texas

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

    The elected delagates won't matter/ The remaining primaries will give Hillary the popular vote. The superdelagates will will go with the popular vote.

    Hillary wins nomination, then wins presidency. Obama will be Hillary's VP.

    Obama can try again in eight years, of course, by then, John Edwards will probably get the nomination.

    May 3, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. AF

    As a female I would love to see a Woman President, but Hillary is not the one.

    May 3, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Deej

    If Obama somehow loses this, pretty soon America will have to scratch its head and wonder how a gutteral reaction of fear (by the public and the media) made it miss a truly great opportunity for it to reclaim its position as a light in the world. No amount of marketing or military incursion could generate the global goodwill towards the US than an Obama victory could.

    I respect McCain and Obama's relatively clean campaigning, but Clinton's effort has been a shameless appeal to every negative prejudice she can muster. Will Americans buy it? I guess fear makes people retreat into security and that is what they have been used to after eight years of Bush. Forget the idea that McCain is Bush, it is Clinton who now offers the Karl Rove playbook. Yes, hope is a risk – if it wasn't, we'd be content to continue apathetic, cynical and afraid like the last eight years.

    May 3, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Tony






    GO HILLARY GO.........RISE!!!!

    May 3, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. carolinas

    Hillary needs " PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT " to avoid her destruction to the democratic party. Please explain the California case of Paul vs Clinton to the general public to avoid cheating practice.

    OBAMA 2008...

    May 3, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. bearilla17

    is it me or is it as this election goes on hillary clinton is starting to look more and more like wolf bltzer from CNN

    May 3, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Carol

    Attention Hillary Supporters: The polls are used for informational purposes. They are not used as a metric for deciding a nominee. Even if Hillary somehow manages to best Obama in total number of votes–very unlikely because again this is not how we measure, just like our electoral system–the only thing she "wins" is the ability to make a case, an argument for overturning our delegate system. In other words, in the most undemocractic way, take it away from the leader, the one with the most delegates.

    May 3, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. AF

    Snowcat- The Republican party deserve you!

    May 3, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. me

    To heck with the democrats. They can't even figure out what they believe in or where they want this country to go.

    May 3, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Chris in VA

    Congratulations Guam, your votes will count. Michigan's and Florida's will not.

    On the other nand, Guam will almost certainly chose candidates smarter than Iowa did. Iowans had months to view the candidates before their caucus – then came up with that "Clash of the Lightweights" Barry vs. Huckabee as their winners – with Hillary and McCain finishing third and fourth in their races! Fortunately, New Hampshire chose more grown-up winners, with Hillary and McCain winning that state.

    Choose wisely, Guam, and you could be more worthy of statehood than Iowans.

    May 3, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. jimmy vekmen


    May 3, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. me in dc

    If Obama, Clinton and McCain are the best this country has to offer, we're in BIG trouble.

    May 3, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Sharon

    To all bloggers that think Hillary has the experience and Obama none. Hillary has experience in lying, cheating, dishonesty and corruption. If she wins, all of us obama supporters will be laughing at how you people got bilked by the biggest con artist in politics. And another thing, if she is nominee, that is all she will be because McCain will beat her in the general election. People dislike her more than they dislike Replicans so they will go with McCain. At least he has the experience of cheating all of us at everything.

    May 3, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Charlotte

    Why do certain bloggers always get posted? Do they work for CNN? I wonder, are they actually moderators who like to stir the pot? We all know the names of constantly posted bloggers....

    May 3, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. georgia

    Obviously the official in Guam are able & willing to follow party rules agreed upon by all.

    May 3, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Kathie Williams

    Obama who started out behind Hillary 40 points or more has overcome that and because of his strength has involved ALL of the States who never get to vote....Already Obama's stength has brought us all to the front to COUNT!

    I BELIEVE Obama has already made his point.....

    Together is the way FORWARD....we need to count!

    May 3, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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