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GEC preps for recount of senatorial race

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While the gubernatorial election results were anything but close, the race for the 15th seat of the 35th Guam Legislature was a nailbiter. Here's how that race is resulting in a recount on senatorial votes.

The Guam Election Commission is preparing for a recount of senatorial votes cast in the General Election. The automatic recount will be conducted because the difference in votes between 15th finisher Jose Terlaje and 16th finisher Cel Babauta is 72 votes - or less than 2% - which by law means the GEC must do an automatic recount.

"The Commission hasn't decided when," said executive director Maria Pangeilnan. The recount will be conducted before certification of results - which is typically done 10 days after the election. While many are touting the election results as historic - first woman Governor for Guam, first openly-gay Lt. Governor, first female majority in the Legislature - the results also made history in another way.

"The election went smoothly, but I'm really disappointed in the voter turnout. It's the lowest ever in Guam history - especially for the Gubernatorial," she stated.

Although the GEC registered nearly 56,000 voters for the General, some speculate an extremely combative campaign may have led voters to steer clear from the polls on Super Tuesday.

Low voter turnout meant low vote totals. Lou and Josh's victorious 18,081 vote total is the lowest vote total for a winning gubernatorial team since 1982, according to GEC files.

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