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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Guam Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Territorial Caucus (Party run primary): Saturday 3 May 20081
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein2,264  50.08%2.0  22.22%4.0  44.44%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham2,257  49.92%2.0  22.22%3.0  33.33%
Uncommitted 5.0  55.56% 
(not voting)  2.0  22.22%
Total4,521 100.00%9.0 100.00%9.0 100.00%

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Here is how we ESTIMATE the delegate count from the 3 May 2008 Territorial Convention (Party run primary) as compiled from unofficial sources with 100% of the precincts reporting as of 8:00AM Sunday 4 May 2008 Guam time:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) (candidate's popular vote) (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.

Note that each of the 8 delegates casts one half vote at the convention for a total of 4 delegate votes.

Saturday 3 May 2008 Territorial Convention
Party run primary

Unpledged delegates as of
19 April 2008: Clinton: 1
4 May 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 1
20 May 2008: Clinton 1, Obama: 2
22 May 2008: Clinton 2, Obama: 2
28 May 2008: Clinton 2, Obama: 3


Having moved their first determining step from Stage II in 2004 (Saturday 24 April 2004 ) to Stage III in 2008 (Saturday 3 May 2008), Guam receives a 30% Bonus in at-large delegate votes (+1 at-large). Total delegate votes changes from 8 to 9.

Saturday 3 May 2008: A Territorial Caucus meets to choose 8 of Guam's 13 delegates to the Democratic National Convention (together representing 4 of Guam's 9 delegate votes at the National Convention). Guam's caucus is conducted like a party-run primary where voters cast secret ballots in their respective precincts. Polls open at 10 a.m and close at 8 p.m. local time (UTC+10 hours). A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates.

  • These 8 at-large delegates to the National Convention are allocated to the presidential contenders in a way which reflects the percentage of support for the candidates at the Territorial Caucus.
  • Each of these 8 pledged delegates will only cast ½ (or 0.5) of a vote on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.

The village of Inarajan is celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph on 3 May. They cast their ballots on 26 April.

The remaining 5 delegates (representing Guam's remaining 5 delegate votes) are Unpledged PLEOs who will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

  • This territory's Democratic Member of Congress (Territorial Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo) (=a non-voting Delegate in the House of Representatives); the territorial Delegate is an "Unpledged PLEO" and casts 1 delegate vote.
  • This territory's 4 Democratic National Committee members: each of these territorial DNC members casts 1 vote apiece for a total of 4 delegate votes.

Delegation to the National Convention

Guam Delegation (as posted by, 5 August 2008)

Pledged District0000
Pledged PLEO0000
Pledged At-Large0448
Total Pledged0448
Alternate Pledged District0000
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large1102
Total Alternates1102
Unpledged   5
Credentials Committee   1
Platform Committee   1
Rules Committee   1
Pages   1
Pledged At-LargeObamaPacita C. AguonHagatna, GU
Pledged At-LargeObamaTheresa C. ArriolaBarrigada, GU
Pledged At-LargeClintonArlene P. BordalloHagatna, GU
Pledged At-LargeClintonChris M. DuenasTamuning, GU
Pledged At-LargeClintonIsabel D. LujanBarrigada, GU
Pledged At-LargeObamaChelsa Muna-BrechtTamuning, GU
Pledged At-LargeObamaDerrick M. QuinataTalofofo, GU
Pledged At-LargeClintonDennis G. Rodriguez, Jr.Harmon, GU
Alternate Pledged At-Large(unknown)Hon. Benjamin "BJ" CruzPiti, GU
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonThomas J. FisherHagatna, GU
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Pilar C. LujanHagatna, GU
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Jaime D. PaulinoInarajan, GU
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Madeleine Z. BordalloHagatna, GU
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Hon. Vicente C. "Ben" PangelinanBarrigada, GU
Unpledged DNC Member Taling M. TaitanoBarrigada, GU
Credentials CommitteeObamaMitchell ThompsonSinajana, GU
Platform CommitteeObamaJohn C. TerlajeHagatna, GU
Rules CommitteeClintonRena K. BorjaMongmong, GU
Page Derick B. HillsAgat, GU

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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