U.S. Presidential election results in Guam have for many years accurately foretold who will be announced President of the United States here just hours later. So who won the election this year? It wasn’t even close.
Hillary Clinton has won Guam with 71.63% of the vote opposed to the Republican nominee, Donald Trump’s 24.16%. Approximately 32,071 Guam voters cast their ballots this year. But, fear not, Republicans; Guam votes won’t affect the election.
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All voters in Guam are American citizens but their votes do not count in the election. The is because they are not recognized by the Electorial College. Unlike U.S. citizens who live in foreign countries, Guam residents are not allowed to vote absentee from states.
Guam has long been touted as “Where America’s Day Begins,” as the American territory is 15 hours ahead of the United States.
But you may well ask, why does any of this matter then since it has no bearing on the 2016 elections? Historically, Guam’s results have been a strong indicator of who will win the election since 1980 – the first year the straw poll for the presidency was conducted there.
In most recent polls, in 2o12, President Obama received 72.4% in the straw poll vs. 26.5% for Republican Mitt Romney. Also, in 2008, Obama won the island 57.3% to 34% over the GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
In 2004, incumbent President, George W. Bush, won 64% to 35.1% over Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic nominee.
There was one time in 1996 when the concurrent prediction was disrupted. Election day in Guam was delayed when a typhoon hit the island. Once the Islanders went to the polls, Bill Clinton was already elected as president.
According to the Guam Election Commission, Guam had almost 52,000 registered voters as of Nov. 1st. If this is any indication of what to expect on election day today, it, unfortunately, may not bode well for the Republican Nominee Donald Trump.