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Before Indiana and North Carolina's primaries comes the little mentioned caucus in Guam. Guam will send 13 total delegates to the convention in August. The 8 pledged delegates will each get 1/2 a vote for a total of 4 pledged delegate votes. In addition, 5 superdelegates each get a full. Altogether the 13 delegates will account for 9 votes.
Polls close at 8pm local time which is 6am Eastern time on Saturday.
Update 10:50am Eastern:
The early count from Democratic presidential caucuses on Guam showed delegates ahead with 207 votes to 121 for those pledged to .
More than 3,000 votes were expected in heavy turnout at caucuses in the U.S. territory, where neither candidate campaigned. - AP
Sen. Barack Obama is leading after three Democratic caucus districts have been counted.You can see pictures of today's primary here
Obama got 37 votes in Ordot, 19 in Maina and 151 in Inarajan for a total of 207 votes.
Sen. Hillary Clinton took 18 votes in Ordot, 22 in Maina and 81 in Inarajan for a total of 121 votes. - Pacific Daily News
News on today's Chair and Vice-Chair selections from the Pacific Daily News:
The chairman and vice chairman each would represent Guam as superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention, with a full vote to nominate either Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama.
Here are the three teams vying for the Guam Democratic Party chairman and vice chairman positions, and whom they would nominate for president if they are elected.
With 11 out of 19 precincts reporting, Senator Barack Obama is leading Senator Hillary Clinton by 6 percentage points. The total preference count so far is Obama with 768 to Clinton’s 680.So it looks like Obama will get the vice-chair's superdelegate vote while the chair will be uncommitted.
Meanwhile, the race for Party Chair and Vice-Chair isn’t as close as the delegates’. With over half of the counting done the team of Pillar Lujan and Jaime Paulino is leading the three teams with 48 percent of the vote.
Update 1:40 Eastern: 13 of 19 districts reporting, Obama 1007, Clinton 874. Given the vote totals, its safe to assign at least 1 pledged delegate to each candidate.
Note that if Lujan wins the Chair position, the previous plan of Charfauros nominating an Obama supporter for the open DNC position could be up-in-the-air.
For chair/vice-chair:Lujan/Paulino (+1 Obama, +1 undeclared): 1,210
Artero/Bordallo (+2 Clinton): 909
Update 3:40 Eastern: 18 districts out of 19 (95%), Obama 1,720 53%, Clinton 1,509 47%
For chair/vice-chair:Lujan/Paulino (+1 Obama, +1 undeclared): 1,461
Artero/Bordallo (+2 Clinton): 1130
Update 7:00 Eastern: Obama wins Guam, barely, 2264-2257. Each gets 2 pledged delegates.
|% Vote In||% Clinton||%Obama||Delegates Clinton||Delegates Obama|
|Previously Pledged Delegates (GP)||1337||1489|
|Total Pledged Delegates||1339||1491|
|Delegates Still Needed to Win Nomination||420||289|
Update: Here's the deal on new Guam Chair Pilar Lujan:
Lujan remains uncommitted because she believes that her vote should reflect the will of the majority of Democrats. However, her running mate, Paulino, has publicly endorsed Obama, according to Tenorio.
"Both Hillary and Obama represent the party ideals. As a candidate for the Democratic party chair, I will like my vote to represent the Democratic Party of Guam," Lujan said.
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