Obama Leads in Democratic Caucuses on Guam
By VOA News
03 May 2008
U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama has an early
lead in Saturday's nominating caucuses in the tiny
U.S. territory of Guam.
With nearly one-quarter of the vote counted, Obama has
won about 55 percent of the ballots in Guam, ahead of
his rival Hillary Clinton. The caucuses are choosing
delegates to the Democratic Party's national
Even before ballot-counting finished, it was clear
that more than twice as many Democrats voted in Guam
caucuses this year than in 2004, the last U.S.
presidential election year.
Guam, an island in the western Pacific, is nearly
13,000 kilometers from the U.S. capital in Washington.
Its 175,000 residents cannot vote in the U.S.
presidential election in November, but they have a
small share of votes at the Democratic convention.
Clinton and Obama campaigned in the mainland U.S.
Saturday, preparing for Tuesday's primary elections in
North Carolina and Indiana, where a close vote is
Guam will cast nine delegate votes out of a total of
more than 4,000 (4,047) at the Democrats' convention
in Denver in late August. Saturday's caucuses selected
four delegates. The territory also has five so-called
"superdelegates" - prominent officeholders or party
officials who automatically have a vote at the party's
Meanwhile, voter surveys are showing that Obama's
once-sizable lead in North Carolina has decreased.
This week, he and Clinton have debated their
conflicting views on whether the United States should
temporarily suspend federal taxes on gasoline this
year, to help American motorists hit by a sharp rise
in energy costs.
Clinton and Senator John McCain, who will be the
Republican Party's presidential nominee, both want to
lift the gasoline tax, but Obama has charged this is
an election-year gimmick that will result provide
little if any savings for consumers.
Obama leads Clinton in the number of delegates pledged
to support him for the party's nomination, but he
trails her slightly in that tally of "superdelegates,"
who are not elected in state primaries or caucuses and
are free to vote for either candidate.