Primary Voters In A Festive Mood, But Have A Serious Purpose

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Guam – After some early morning rain, the skies cleared for today’s Primary Election and voting has been in full swing at most Precincts since 7 am this morning.

About 2,900 voters already cast ballots during the in-office voting that ended Friday. GEC Executive Director John Blas says that is a record.

Some 48-thousand are registered to vote in this election and Guam Election Commission Executive Director John Blas says he is expecting about a 70 per cent turnout before the polls close at 8p,.

Some delays have been experienced at some polling stations because, Blas says,  not everyone that registered was keyed into the computer system. So some hand checking to verify registration has caused some delays.

Blas reminds voters not to cross their votes between Republican and Democratic candidates, or your vote won’t count. Stick to voting for either democratic candidates or republican candidates.

The final results won’t be known until 2 or maybe 3 am Sunday morning.

The big race of course is for the republican gubernatorial slot where Lt. Governor Mike Cruz and his running mate Senator Jim Espladon are pitted against Senator Eddie Calvo and his running mate Senator Ray Tenorio.

Senator Calvo was up voting early up at JQ San Miguel this morning. He told PNC News that he is hopeful for a great voter turnout. He also said he is placing the outcome of today’s vote “in the hands of god.”

Lt. Governor Cruz meanwhile also voted early at Tamuning Elementary school. We caught up with him stumping for last minute votes at Oceanview   Middle School in Agat.

Cruz turned out with his family and supporters. He was joined by his running mate Senator Jim Espaldon. He told us the Cruz-Espaldon team is is confident. But he said no matter what the outcome, when its over  he said, all republicans will unit, no mater who the winner is.

Former Governor, democrat Carl Gutierrez is running unopposed of course for the democratic gubernitorial slot on the ticket. And he voted about 8:30 up at Agana Heights Elementary School. Gutierrez telling PNC News this morning that he still thinks this is a 3-way race and he wants to make sure that there is a strong turn out for the democratic candidates to build momentum for the general election in November.