The Pacific island of Guam elected a Republican to Congress for the first time in 30 years
While the mainland United States is still voting midterm, the western Pacific island of Guam already announced its election results Wednesday morning local time. Democrats managed to retain the governor’s mansion and the legislature, but the territory’s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives will be a Republican.
James Moylan won 52.19% of the vote, Pacific Daily News reported, citing Guam election officials. He is only the second Republican to represent Guam in Congress since the post of delegate was created in 1970. Vicente Tomas Garrido Blaz was the first, serving from 1985 to 1993.
Moylan defeated Democrat Judith Won Pat, who won 47.15% of the vote. Her father, Antonio Borja Won Pat, was the island’s first-ever congressional delegate, elected in 1972.
Democrat Michael San Nicolas, the current delegate, retired to run for governor but lost the primary to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero in August.
“The island of Guam has finally turned around after all”, Jack Posobiec, Human Events Editor joked after news of Moylan’s victory. It was a reference to a viral moment in 2010 during a House hearing, when Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, questioned whether sending more US troops to the island would make it “overturn and capsize”.
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Guam has been under American rule since 1898, when it was taken from Spain. The island has long been an important US naval base.
In Tuesday’s midterm elections, Americans vote for the 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, 35 seats in the Senate and governors of 36 of the 50 federal states.
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