At the end of August, Guam wrapped up its primary elections. According to the Guam Election Committee’s executive director Maria Pangelinan, the election went “as smooth as it could get.”
The Guam Primaries had the lowest voter turnout since 1972. According to the committee, only 40% of the 58,152 registered voters cast their ballots. Despite this, the committee was delayed in counting the ballots, due in part to the two separate voting sheets used in primary elections.
In total, 23,261 ballots were cast: 9,530 for the Democratic primary and 3,182 on the Republican side.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio were facing off against Delegate Mike San Nicolas and running mate Sabrina Salas Matanane and prevailed.
Leon Guerrero had 11,960 votes, beating out San Nicolas’ 7,212 votes by a margin of more than 4,700 votes. In the general election, they will run against former Republican Governor Felix Camacho and Senator Tony Ada.
Leon Guerrero commented on the win saying, “We worked hard to get to where we are…We have won this primary. We now have to go and work hard also to win the general election”.
In the race for Democratic delegate, former speaker Judi Won Pat took the win against Sen. Telena Nelson. Won Pat will run against the unopposed Republican candidate Sen. Jim Moylan in the general election.
Both of the candidates in the attorney general race, incumbent Leevin Camacho and former Attorney General Doug Moylan will continue to the general election.
On September 12, the GEC board will meet to finalize results in order to discuss whether they should include unregistered and off-island voters.