31-point difference for 15th senatorial spot

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The race for the 15th slot at the 34th Guam Legislature is getting even tighter as more absentee ballots have been counted, and now the margin is even smaller, going from a 42- to a 31-point difference.

Guam – Joe Shimizu San Agustin edged out incumbent Senator Tina Muña Barnes for the 15th slot after the November 8 General Election votes were tallied. Last Thursday, the Guam Election Commission counted 99 more absentee and homebound voters’ ballots. Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says they are still waiting for the over 200 absentee ballots to be submitted before results can be certified.

“Those ballots that come in as of November 23rd at 5:00 p.m., if they were postmarked on or before November 8th, they will be counted,” Pangelinan told PNC. “In our calculations, even if we receive all the ballots, the recount will be required. The recount is required if there’s a 2-percent or less difference.”

The final count for all absentee ballots is scheduled for November 28, when GEC can proceed with the required recount to see who will take the 15th seat in the Legislature – Joe San Agustin or Tina Muña Barnes, who has served 6 terms as a senator, and continues to be hopeful that she will be able to serve in the 34th Guam Legislature.

The updated unofficial results can be viewed on the Guam Election Commission’s website at gec.guam.gov.