HAGATNA, Guam — Barack Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton by seven votes in the Guam Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday. The count of more than 4,500 ballots took all night in the U.S. island territory.
There was no direct presidential vote, but each candidate had a slate of supporters on the ballot. Results of the count completed this morning Guam time show delegates pledged to Obama with 2,264 votes and those pledged to Clinton with 2,257, meaning they will split the pledged delegate votes.
Eight pledged delegates will attend the convention, each with one-half vote. U.S. citizens on the island, however, have no vote in the November election.
The territory also sends five superdelegates to the national convention in August in Denver, and voters picked two Saturday. One superdelegate supports Obama, another favors Clinton, and three have not declared.
Presidential caucuses on Guam usually pass without much notice from the candidates, but the island had unexpected importance in this historic Democratic race in which every delegate matters. Though neither candidate campaigned in person, both made their cases with local advertising and long-distance interviews.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Democrats attending their state convention Saturday elected an Obama supporter to an open superdelegate slot.
Obama has a total of 1,742.5 delegates, including endorsements from party and elected officials who will serve as superdelegates. Clinton has 1,607.5 delegates, according to an Associated Press tally. It will take 2,025 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination.