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. Steve

    Is it true that Clinton has some funding directly through her traveling Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and indirectly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Bill's library? Worth checking into I say....gas prices...hmmm...The power familiy that controls the Dems has outside funding and you don't have to look far from Hillary's daily travels. It will come out in the general election and will sink her for good 🙂

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

    Come on Guam. Guam for Obama first, Puerto Rico for Obama next.
    Vote for a Trustworthy leader.

    Yes We Can.

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

    I love democrats. They work at my favorite fast food store this republican owns and serve me coffee wearing their little paper hats.

    May 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Juan

    Hispanos to Hillary!

    If Hillary is not the nom, I'll sit this one out, or vote McCain.

    May 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Juan

    Hillary or McCain; but Nobama.

    May 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Jake

    How come Hillary only became a fighter for the people when she realized she was going to lose this race, she is fighting to win the white house, not fighting for the people. Six months ago she wasn't a fighter, she was a shoe in. Funny how things change...................

    May 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Ken

    Mac Abraham;

    That is so laughable. Hillary may have an easy time making her supporters believe in her fabrications -but it will not work with the majority of voters. I keep hearing this experience thing. What experience? The only real experience she has is her husband. Obama has the good judgement and vision. Hill is the past -she is the same; the status quo. 28 consecutive years of having a Bush or a Clinton in the white house is enough. It is Obama time.

    May 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Juan

    Go Hillary

    May 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Gary, Indianapolis

    . .Hillary has lost the Delegate count, popular vote and number of states
    won. 2 delegates from Guam won't change that fact.

    May 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Adam Kontras

    It would not be a 5 contest winning streak considering she has currently won ONE contest in a row right now.


    May 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Oregon

    Guam will be a small win for Obama. Overall, the Democratic nomination is like trench warfare – a slow-moving series of small wins and losses that just drags on and on. And during this process, the clock is running out on Clinton. She can't win until she wins by a margin of about 15% everything else that remains (including superdelegates, Florida, and Michigan). That won't happen. Obama will win some of the remaining contests. And none of them will go to Clinton by 15 points.

    May 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Brad, College Kid

    Guam? . . . .I guess this is Hillary's version of Hope, so I won't knock it.

    May 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Kathy

    Obama won Mississippi and Wyoming by large margins,after the Texas and Ohio primaries. Clinton has not had 3 consecutive wins. These Obama victories never get mentioned because it doesn't fit into the scheme of things.

    May 3, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Cogs

    As an independent voter, I am now supporting Obama. Hillary's pandering and win-at-any-cost has turned me off. It seems to me that Hillary is doing everything she can to torpedo Obama so she can run again in 2012. To all you rabid Hillary supporters, is it really worth it?

    May 3, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Guam Voter

    I voted for Senator Obama because I don't trust impeached Presidents
    or their wives.

    Yes we can.

    May 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. jed

    The media is very biased in favor of clinton. They don't report Clinton lies, corruption and fraud. Instead they join Hillary in lin ching Obama.

    Welcome to good old racism in the USA. And so many of you are proud of race-baiting Hillary?

    Very sad.

    May 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Bubba

    Did you say Hillary has principles??? I can't believe you wrote that ! ! ! And just which principles does she exhibit??? Can you name just one??? LOL...geez

    May 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Sheri

    I have heard about Peter Paul for sometime now. Thank's for the info Diana in New York.

    May 3, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Anonymous

    For douadavid, in PA,

    With all due respect, your comments lead one to an unfortunate conclusion regarding the degree of intellectual activity going on in there. Fortunately for you, intelligence is currently not a requirement for voting in America...

    May 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    Most voters, especilly hilLIARy supporters, are just sheep who do not investigate the whole past or any of the real substance. Remember the humiliation and disgrace the Clintons brought this country, and that they are the ones who sent our manufacturing jobs to China & Mexico. Those 200 jobs in Indiana making Smart bombs that just got lost to China, that is the Clinton legacy.

    May 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Larry

    This process isn't decided by all the people blogging and CNN and Howard Dean and so on and so on. It will be decided in August when Barack Obama gets to 2025 delegates. And the party will be just fine. Too many Chicken Littles in this world.

    May 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Tom

    For douadavid, in PA,

    With all due respect, your comments lead one to an unfortunate conclusion regarding the degree of intellectual activity going on in there. Fortunately for you, intelligence is currently not a requirement for voting in America...

    May 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Jim

    John Mc Cain proposed removing taxes for gas , Hillary jumped onto it without thinking the affect of it.We cannot afford to have President who does not think?

    May 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Claire

    You Obama boys and girls are so smart. Ypu quickly learn to regurgitate every nasty disrespectful lie he utters as if it were true. Keep up the good work. He needs as many unethical minions as he can dig up.

    May 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Roslyn

    no we can't, no we can't

    May 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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