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. georgia

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

    May 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Becky Montgomery

    The over emphasis (ad nauseum) of Wright and Rush Limbaugh have contributed to the votes Clinton has gotten lately. The Republicans who are voting for her now won't vote for her in November; they just want to create chaos and conflict in the Democratic party and can now do so since their candidate is set. PA was a 20-point victory for HRC in the polls leading up to the election, and Obama got the spread down to 9.2%. He is doing well despite being beaten down from all sides while the media ignores Hagee with McCain and The Family with Clinton. The media is trying to guide this election; I hope people are smart enough to think for themselves.

    May 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Sandra

    Go Obama!

    May 3, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Mary

    HRC (and McCain't) lost me with the gas tax. After calculating my personal savings (20 gal tank x 4 wks) is a savings of less than $15 a month. What can I buy with that? Answer: less than a bag of groceries. Hillary isn't doing anything but playing on the minds of people...just like the Republicans. She OBVIOUSLY is NOT a problem solving. She wants to put a bandaid on the problem just to get into office whle all Americans bleed-out.

    May 3, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Mary May King

    "whites.dudes.4.obama08" Huh?? I thought the polls said the uneducated and undereducated favored Hillary. They missed you, did they? Cell phones not included in telephone polls?

    "If not for Obama we would have had a wonderful candidate in place and already taking on the Republican." No, Al said he didn't want to be President. We were left with also-rans and second-raters.

    May 3, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. kim

    a win is a win good for obama
    go obama 08

    May 3, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Richard

    Many elder voters turning out so this will mean a HRC victory. Viva Hillary! God bless us all for stepping up and voting the first ever woman in the office of presidency of the United States.

    May 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. SteveD

    Obama wins Guam! Oops, that was premature. I'm reminded of what the spinmeisters used to say about debates. Their candidate won regardless of whether they really did well or not. Here in Guam, I'm sure Hillary will say she won regardless of the vote. That's how it's played. Come next Tuesday, she'll say she won regardless of the vote. That's how it's played. I still say she is running for the Senate and for President in 2012. Unless Obama has an "accident", between now & the convention, he will be the nominee, IMHO.

    May 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. kim

    a win is a win it counts for people
    go guam for obama 08

    May 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. jeannie N.C.

    UPSET..............There will be an upset for obama here in North Carolina.......Hillary is going to take this state, and then take back the White house...............hide and watch folks.....

    GO HILLARY.............

    May 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Joe

    How can somebody who CRIED in front of cameras after LOOSING a causus claim that she is TOUGH, CAN TAKE THE HEAT???? VERY VERY FUNNY. The USA do not want new SCANDALS in the WH.

    May 3, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. kenny cole

    Reside in GUAM?please don't waist your vote, but vote for OBAMA, I have a reason to say that OBAMA all the way..................

    May 3, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Melissa

    CNN, it seems to be difficult to find a story where comments are still actually open, so I'll ask my question here. For a long time, I have thought people were being paranoid, on either side, thinking their candidate wasn't receiving equal coverage. But I have to say, in the past week or so, you've done a good job of enforcing Obama as the candidate of "fluff" and Hillary as "substance," by what you choose to cover.

    Why is it that Hillary is covered on her positions on topics, and Obama gets press time for playing basketball, first in IN, and then in NC? If I just kept track with CNN, I might think Obama has nothing real to offer. However, if you check out C-Span, you'll see that he's done and said just as much, and more, of substance as Hillary. Why is CNN's coverage of him all about the basketball court and his appearance on the Letterman show?

    May 3, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. jackie ohio

    Ok help me understand why other countries have the right to decide for our elections? are they american citizens? is this population of voters in the US military? if so then this should be absentee votes right?
    we have to show proper ID to prove we are american redgistered voters. Do they contribute to are government and if they are part of us why do they not add moe stars to the flag and consider them as states?

    May 3, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Charles Williams

    obama should win guam easily

    May 3, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Denise in NH

    Florida and Michigan changed their primary dates and rules with full knowledge of what the consequences of their actions would be. Now they want to change the rules of the game again because things didn't turn out as expected. Their own elected officials made a choice and now they need to live with it - whether or not they like the consequences of that choice. I agree with Snowcat, let's stop all this foolishness and act like adults - part of being an adult is accepting the consequences of your actions!

    May 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. douadavid, PA

    Nobama is fake. He is dumb and always wait for his advisor to tell him what to do like Geofge Bush. That is why George Bush is the worst president in US history. Vote for Hillary is a vote for the brightest future for American. Hillary will win Indiana and North Carolina and send Obama back his grandma. 2008 is for Hillary Rodham Clinton , not Barack Hussein nObama.

    May 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Dan

    You people are nuts.

    Hillary is a corrupt liar who cares only about her pathological need for power.

    Read the frigging news once in a while. Bosnia snipers, NAFTA, Northern Ireland, etc etc.

    Wake up.

    May 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Ken

    You people are so dumb, how can you say "if it wasn't for Obama, we would have a nominee"? He is the one WINNING. That means, if it wasn't for Clinton, we would have been done with this mess. Remember when Obama won over 10 contests in a row. She should have been gone then, but she is out for herself, and only herself. She wants all the power and glory.

    Senator Clinton, you are not the god like you think you are.

    And CNN, report on Paul vs Clinton! How can this go unnoticed?

    Obama '08

    May 3, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. NoShame

    We are still waiting to hear about the Peter Paul vs Clinton story CNN. Fair is fair tell it like it is. No more Media Brainwashing. We Americans have their own minds and it is very clear that Hilary and Bill should not be allowed back into the White House. Remember the Ex President not only lied to the congress but to the American People. Bill Clinton was impeached! He broke the law of which if normal Americans did such we would have been sent to prison forever. Vote Obama and send a clear message to the Clintons that they are not above the law. Shake your head America!


    May 3, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Mac Abraham

    I can't believe what I see, read and hear from Obama and his suppoters. They have dragged this election campaign to the mud. They show us every day how low they are. Obama gives the finger and his crowd cheers. They mock any new supporter to Hillary. They harbor no honor or dignity to the honorable office they are seeking. They are blackmailing superdeligates and threatening a caose if he does not get the nomination. They have to understand that this is not OJ Simpson trial. OJ got eqitted because he is black. Obama can't use the same tactics to win the nomination.

    May 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Desi - NJ

    As democrats we are expected to vote for whichever of the two candidates winds up being the nominee in November. Clinton and Obama have said they would support the other. Why does Mrs. Obama continue to say she'd have to think about it if Clinton is the party's standard bearer. How does this promote unity? Who's being devisive now?

    May 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Petunia

    Hillary Clinton's campaign brings to mind a old perfume commercial that went like this: Promise her anything–but give her Arpege.

    Hillary's paraphrase could be: Promise them anything–but give them the shaft.

    She can't possibly deliver on all the campaign promises she's making!

    May 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Sheri


    A Million Thanks

    May 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Frank

    CNN, Why you not public new : Lawsuit from Peter Paul & Bill Clinton in California???? You not DOING YOUR JOBS AS REPORTER.
    Doesn't matter Good or Bad. THis is PRINCIPLE. If you don't want to report this new then SHUT DOWN THE WORK " CNN The TRUSTLY NEWS IN THE WORD."

    May 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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