Obama wins on US island

HAGATNA - Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton by just seven votes in Guam's nominating contest after record numbers of residents voted in the tiny US territory's primary, officials said yesterday.

HAGATNA - Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton by just seven votes in Guam's nominating contest after record numbers of residents voted in the tiny US territory's primary, officials said yesterday.

Results after more than 12 hours of manual counting showed Obama took 2264 votes to 2257 for Clinton.

In the last Democratic primary in 2004 only 1500 people took part.

"Clearly, both of them are quite popular and we should celebrate that," Josh Tenorio, Obama's campaign manager on the territory, said. "It's a good day for Guam."

Democratic nominations tomorrow are in North Carolina and Indiana. The two states have a combined 187 delegates at stake.

Guam is a US territory since 1898. - Reuters

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