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    http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-05-03-voa18.cfm Obama Leads in Democratic Caucuses on Guam By VOA News 03 May 2008 U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama
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      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
      convention.

      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
      expected.

      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
      meetings.

      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.
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