Calvo Claims Victory, Gutierrez Waits for A Recount

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Guam – By the narrowest of margins, Republican Eddie Calvo and his running mate Ray Tenorio claimed victory in the Guam Gubernatorial election. Only 583 votes separate Calvo from his Democratic rival former Governor Carl Gutierrez, according to unofficial results.

Despite pre-election polls that showed Calvo, at one point, ahead by 18 to 20 %, the margin of victory was less than 1.5%.

Calvo got 50.38% of the vote, barely exceeding the legally required  50% plus 1 which is needed to claim victory. Gutierrez took 48.9% of the vote.

As a result of the close vote, the Gutierrez campaign has not conceded defeat, opting instead to wait for a recount which should  be declared by the Guam Election Commission because the margin of victory was within 2%,  which should automatically entitle a candidate to a re-count.

The contest see-sawed back and forth all night and no candidate ever took a commanding lead. The final total was not released until just before 6am Wednesday morning after voting officials finally reconciled the ballots from a Tamuning Precinct.