Kilili Wins CNMI Delegate Race by A Landslide

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Guam – Gregorio Kilili Sablan won via a landslide his re-election bid for the CNMI’s non-voting delegate seat in the U.S Congress in yesterday’s elections.

Sablan, who ran as an independent, garnered 4,902 votes as of 7:30am this morning. He leads his closest rival and administration bet Joseph Camacho of the Covenant Party by 2,158 votes. The former House floor leader received 2,744 votes.

The Republican Party’s Juan Babauta, a former governor, came in third with 2,049 votes, while the Democratic Party’s bet, former lieutenant governor Jesse Borja, only got 1,707.

Sablan won in 13 out of the 14 election precincts not including results from the Northern Islands. Camacho garnered a lion’s share of the votes from the highly contentious early voting provision of the new election law.

The 2010 Congressional Elections will not become official until 14 days after the conduct of the polls, according to the Commonwealth Election Commission.

Sablan won one of six non-voting delegate seats to the U.S. Congress. These represent the U.S. territories of the CNMI, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the country’s capital, the District of Columbia. Non-voting delegates can serve on committees, chair panels, back legislation, and participate in debate. But they cannot vote on the House floor.