Guam – Senator Eddie Calvo and the Republican party were the big winners in Saturday’s Primary Election which saw a relatively low voter turnout of 58.2 %.
Unofficial final results were released about 3:15 am Sunday morning.
The Calvo-Tenorio team pulled in 9,221 votes or 58.78 %. Nearly 18% more votes than the 6, 458 ballots cast for the Cruz-Espaldon team.
Lt. Governor Mike Cruz and his running mate Jim Espaldon conceded shortly after 1 am Sunday morning. In announcing their concession, both kept to their unity pledge promising to support the winning Clavo-Tenorio team.
Senator Jim Espaldon went over to the Calvo-Tenorio Headquarters to shake hands with the victors. However, Lt. Governor Dr. Mike Cruz was called away for what his camp said was a “medical situation.”
In addition, Carlo Branch, a member of the Republican Cruz-Espaldon team, went over to Democratic party Headquarters to announce his support for the Gutierrez-Aguon ticket.
Despite reports from Republican party sources on Sunday that Branch had lost his job, Branch on Monday told PNC News that he has been asssured by Lt. Governor Mike Cruz that he will remain on Cruz’s staff and not lose his job, despite siding with the Gutierrez camp.
Senator Eddie Calvo accepted his victory before a buoyant group of supporters at his Maite Headquarters about 3 am Sunday morning . Standing beside his running mate Senator Ray Tenorio, he called for republican uity as well.
Calvo also spoke about a tough race ahead. Referring to the Gutierrez campaign by name, he urged his supporters to take the high road and not become provoked by what might be said by Gutierrez supporters against them during the campaign.
Senator Gutierrez for his part told PNC news Saturday that he deplores some of the nastiness that occurred in the final days of the GOP Gubernatorial campaign and he won’t be running his campaign that way.
Even though he was unchallenged for the Gubernatorial slot on the Democratic ticket, Gutierrez told PNC news that he still hoped for a strong democratic voter turnout in order to build momentum for the November election.
But that didn’t happened. The turnout on the Democratic side was especially low compared to the number of republican voters.
Analysts Mike Phillips, a democrat, and Phil Flores, a republican, told PNC News that the low turnout was probably attributable to the lack of any competition at the top of the democratic ticket.
Gutierrez and his running mate Frank Aguon Jr. picked up 8,140 votes running unopposed.
Congresswoman Madelline Bordallo, also unopposed, picked up 7,633 votes.
Lenny Rapadis was far and away the leader in the race for Attorney General with 15,121 votes, 55.33% of the total. But he will still face off against Gary Gumataotao in the November election. Gumataotao pulled in 8,913 votes or 32.61%. Assistant Attorney General Bill Bischoff was eliminated receiving only 3,124 votes or just 11.43%.
In the race for Agat Vice-Mayor, Agustin Quintanilla came out on top with 559 votes. Joseph Salas was second with 329, and Derick Hills 3erd with 297.
Calvo/Tenorio – 9,221 votes, 58.78%
Cruz/Espaldon – 6,458 votes, 41.17%
Gutierrez/Augon – 8,140 votes, 98.95%
Madeleine Bordallo: 7,633
Lenny Rapadis: 15,121
Agustin Quintanilla: 559
Joseph Salas: 329
Derick Hills: 297