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Sunday, May 4, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

VIa KUAM” Obama unofficially wins Guam caucus with 50.1% of the vote

In the strangest of circumstances that could only bring about the closest of races, Hillary Rodham Clinton finished with 49.9% of the vote of the Guam Democratic Caucus, just 7 votes shy of Barack Obama’s total of 50.1%. While Obama led for the vast majority of the night’s tallying, Clinton needed a strong finish in the municipality of Dededo, Guam’s most populous village. And she did - gaining 61% of the 822 votes counted by the Democratic Party of Guam.

Note: these are unofficial, uncertified results as tabulated by the Democratic Party of Guam. The DPG also noted a high number of spoiled ballots in Dededo.

The NYT (Narrow Victory for Obama in the Caucuses in Guam) that turn-out was high:

Turnout at the caucuses was about three times greater than it had been in previous years. Party officials said many people had registered as Democrats at the caucus sites, prompting the nickname “Democrat for a Day.”

Hardly surprising, given this has to be the most significant Guam caucuses ever. Indeed, it may be the most covered event in Guam (in terms of the mainstream US press) ever.

Indeed, I wonder how many people, upon hearing of the caucuses, asked “Guam? Where’s Guam. Heck, what’s Guam? And why are they voting?”

There are 8 delegates at stake and each will have half a vote at the Democratic National Convention.

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1 Comment »

  1. It just occurred to me that this can serve as a metric for determining if a party’s electoral system needs a tune up.

    “Are they counting the votes in Guam?”

    If so, you might need to fix your party’s electoral system.

    Comment by Captain D — Sunday, May 4, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

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