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. Monkey

    "If not for Obama we would have had a wonderful candidate in place and already taking on the Republican."

    Except Obama is the one in the lead and is being pulled down by Hillary's hopeless dreaming. It's Hillary who is bring the party down now, not Obama.

    May 3, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. A. New


    It is very telling that you nor any other media outlet has reported on the impending voter fraud trial involving the Clintons. You seem to have reported from every conceivable angle the media created story of "Rev. Wright". In fact you continue to discuss it as though it makes a difference in what is happening to Americans every day. Here's an idea......Report the news! We don't need nor desire to hear about your opinions! We don't need you to sensationalize current events! In fact those of us who choose to think for ourselves really don't care about what you think is a "firestorm", "controversy", "problem". Report validated information and move on to the next topic!

    May 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Maggie

    If Obama Wins will the Flag be change to have forty eight stars

    May 3, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. jeff

    Wow Jack! Do you really mean that caucus states "don't really count" ? Where did you learn those principles of democracy?
    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Lisa


    May 3, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Diana New York




    May 3, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Robert

    Go Hillary!!!! Guam counts? But, Fla, and Mich. don't? What are we thinking? Hillary is and will prevail!!!! Go Girl!!! All the way. people are seeing you for who you really are.....a fighter! Just what we need.

    May 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Sheri


    May 3, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Bill Jones


    May 3, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. danny

    Republicans want Hillary to win because they know they can beat her!! she has so much baggage that hasn't been checked out!! Obama is the real winner!!! thats why the media is trying to crush him... Americans are a lot smarter than media thats why he keeps winning.

    May 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Eric-PA

    We really need to close down the caucuses. They are inconvienient and don't represent the majority of the population. Obama has his delegate lead in large part because of his wins in the caucus states. Caucuses are barbaric and should be abandoned.

    May 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Angry American

    I voted Obama in the primary. If Clinton somehow steals this nomination away from Obama, I am voting for McCain to give everyone 4 more years of Bush hell for voting for Clinton. No more Clintons, absolutely no way !!!

    May 3, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. henry odimuko italy

    cnn will not publish this.......u guys(cnn)are taking side in this election towards clinton.she have already lost.shame

    May 3, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. a p


    I just heard both of Hillary and Obama speak last night, and to tell you the truth, either one of them will make a fine president - much better than McCain. So let us not give the republicans more weapons to turn against our candidates - let's pull for either of them to represent us in November, because we need the democratic party– OUR party– to be on top again and help the economy and these senseless wars, help pur environment. The bottom line, isn't that what we care about ?Let us join together against this mess the republicans have driven us into. Vote democratic, be patriotic, do it for your country. Be mature and responsible.

    May 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. cpljoeb

    I wonder where Hillary grew up in Guam, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, and Indiana, which are the next primary states? Makes me wonder where she is truely from! She is a carpetbagger Senator from New York, who cant get elect where she is truely from!

    May 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Mike Independent for Obama

    I think it's important to note the number of former Clinton administration personnel and appointees that are moving towards Obama. If the Clinton insiders are all moving away from the Clinton brand, the indications are clear that the Democratic "Old Guard" are also looking for change. Of particular note is that these people who are making these backing switches know the personal career risk in defying the Clintons, so their public support for Obama is tremendously significant to me as a swing state voter.

    May 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. micheal

    very,,,,why is this a headline news now....we ve heard and read this article for the past few days. no scams about obama , keep on poping up the old ones. shame cnn.

    May 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Allen

    Obama is the better candidate.

    Why is it so hard to see that Hillary is your typical candidat that only wants to make a name for herself, and another notch to her husbands legacy. Its getting silly, people do not vote with their heads anymore, she has her own selfish agenda. "I can fight the republicans"..thats the problem the Reps & Dems need to work together. Thats thats whats right for the country. People please wise up. Or we will vote our country into worse shape than it is now.

    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. You need a geography lesson jackie

    Duh! People born in US territories are US citizens! I am from the US Virgin Islands. We contribute to the US economy through miillions of dollars in tourism. Guam is not "another country." American ignorance is so deplorable!!!

    May 3, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Peg

    JPW, go to the candidates web sites and learn all you want to about the candidates.

    Caucus states count! Delegates count! Primaries count! States who don't follow the DNC rules, don't count! Hillary supporters can't just pick and chose which rules they follow......

    Obama will win in Guam, Indiana and North Carolina!

    May 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. JohnLee

    Someone at the start of these comments thinks that Hillary has more experience than Obama – ok, if you count her plate throwing tantrums in the White House as experience, than I guess you've won that argument.

    May 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Chalermpol

    Vote to elevate US image; vote for Hillary!!

    HILLARY 2008

    May 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Fred

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for a liar...sniper fire anyone?

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for someone non educated...get some credits please...

    May 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. henry odimuko italy

    cnn is the best political team on television.publish.election 08

    May 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Allison from Texas

    Hillary is such a liar. Half the stuff she says she will do as president she can't do. She has lied to the people of Indiana telling them she is going to get them jobs. You can't make companies come to Indiana because she says so. I am so tired of Hillary, I think she is selfish and thinks about her self before the democratic party. I blame Hillary for dividing the party. Be smart vote for the change America needs! Vote Obama in 08!!
    I am sick of hearing and seeing Hillary Clinton she is such a liar!

    May 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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