The Green Papers: American Samoa 2012 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2012. Find 2013 elections here.
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
Gubernatorial Runoff: Tuesday 20 November 2012
Capital:Fagatogo (formerly "Pago Pago")
Tuesday 6 November 2012 polling hours 6:00a ASST (1700 UTC) to 6:00p ASST (0500 UTC).
Tuesday 20 November 2012 polling hours 6:00a ASST (1700 UTC) to 6:00p ASST (0500 UTC).

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American Samoa State and Local Government

American Samoa 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties

Political parties are not officially utilized in elections in American Samoa.

Should no candidate receive 50% of the vote in the General Election, the two top vote-getters will participate in a Runoff.

6 November 2012 General Election-Certified Candidates List.

6 November 2012 General Election returns from an official source.

20 November 2012 runoff Election returns from an official source.


Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: Two consecutive terms. Territorial Governor

Seat up for election
Democratic Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono
Acting Goveror: 2003 (remaining officially Lieutenant Governor after the death of Governor Tauese Sunia on 26 March 2003). First elected to a full term: 2004, re-elected: 2008.
Lt. Governor Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Seat - At Term Limit
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Nonpartisan 6,645 52.94% Lolo Matalasi Moliga
for Lieutenant Governor: Senator Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Mauga
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Democratic) 5,908 47.06% Faoa Aitofele T.F. Sunia
for Lieutenant Governor: Taufete'e John Faumuina, Jr.
    Nonpartisan     Salu Hunkin-Finau - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Utuali'i Iuniasolua Tului "Iuni" Savusa
    Nonpartisan     Timothy David "Tim" Jones - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Tuika Tuika
    Nonpartisan     Afoa L.S. Lutu - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Le'i Sonny Thompson
    Nonpartisan     Save Liuato A. Tuitele - lost primary
for Lieutenant Governor: Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young
Total 12,553 100.00%  

The current Administration informally identifies itself with the US Democrats. The major opponents to the Sunia/Tulafono ticket in both 1996 through 2008 identified themselves as "Independent" although they have ties to the US Republican Party.

6 November 2012 official results: Moliga/Mauga- 4,372 (33.5%), Sunia/Faumuina- 4,315 (33.1%), Lutu/Thompson- 2,521 (19.3%), Hunkin-Finau/Savusa- 893 (6.8%), Tuitele/Young- 763 (5.8%), Jones/Tuika- 189 (1.4%), Total 13,053. No candidate received a majority (50% of the vote plus 1) on 6 November. The top two vote getters, Lolo Matalasi Moliga / Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Mauga and Faoa Aitofele T.F. Sunia / Taufete'e John Faumuina, Jr., proceed to a Tuesday 20 November 2012 runoff.

Delegate to the House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2012. Elections in American Samoa are officially non-partisan.

Seat up for election
Democratic Territorial Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2012
First elected: 1988; re-elected 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
  Elected Democratic 7,221 55.22% Territorial Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega
FEC H0AS00018; 26 Nov 12; Tot $110,570; Dsb $98,496
  Candidate Conservative 4,420 33.80% Aumua Amata
FEC H4AS00036; 26 Nov 12; Tot $19,367; Dsb $20,697
  Candidate Independent 697 5.33% Rosie Fuala'au Tago Lancaster
FEC H8AS00052; 17 Oct 12; Tot $8,950; Dsb $10,886
  Candidate Democratic 438 3.35% Kereti Mata'utia, Jr.
FEC H2AS00055
  Candidate No Party Affiliation 300 2.29% Fatumalala Leulua'iali'i A. Al-Sheri
FEC H2AS00063
Total 13,076 100.00%  
 Non-voting Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. A candidate must receive a majority of the popular vote in order to be elected as Delegate to the House. A runoff election is scheduled in the event that no candidate receives the requisite majority.

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Conservative: 1 candidate
  Independent: 1 candidate
  No Party Affiliation: 1 candidate
  Nonpartisan: 2 candidates
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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