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GOP admits it took an 'L' on Super Tuesday

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It's self reflection time for the Republic Party after losing Adelup, more seats in the Legislature and the Congressional race in a single evening, Party Chair Jerry Crisostomo admits the GOP took an 'L' on Super Tuesday. "We can say that the Republican Party got a licking in this election," Crisostomo said. "But this is not the first time that we've been down."  

While the losing Tenorio/Ada team threw everything but the kitchen sink at Lou Leon Guerrero and Josh Tenorio, Crisostomo said one of the keys to victory was how Lou and Josh didn't let attacks on abortion, conflicts of interest and Leon Guerrero's wealth distract them.

"They were able to effectively portray their message of change versus the Republicans that ran almost like an incumbent," Crisostomo said.

Crisostomo also chalked up the Republicans' General Election spanking to political fatigue. After 16 years of Republican rule at Adelup and two terms of Calvo/Tenorio, he says this election's outcome could've easily been predicted by the outcome of past elections.

"No sitting Lt. Governor has ever succeeded to the Governor's seat," Crisostomo said. "Going back to Rudy Sablan, going back to Eddie Reyes, going back to Frank Blas to Mike Cruz to Kaleo Moylan and now Ray Tenorio." Crisostomo says it looks like Republicans who voted Democrat in the Primary appear to have stayed on that side of the ballot in the General Election. "I believe a whole lot of Republicans did not stay with the Party in this election," he said.

While he did admit the GOP has no idea who the Party will run for Governor in 2022, Crisostomo said Republicans will focus on the Legislative election in two years.

"I look at this as an opportunity for the party to rebuild itself, rebrand itself and look at its messaging," he said.

While the BOTA team tried its hardest to minimalize the impact of Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio's July gun grab, Crisostomo said it was clear Tenorio shot himself in the foot when he grabbed a police officer's loaded gun after consuming several beers. "I'm pretty sure the gun grab issue played a pivotal role in people's minds," he said. "Right when it happened, it may have driven away many Republicans, many Independents that would've voted our way."

Crisostomo has no problems accepting the Party's losses, but he warns the Democrats that voters may be sending a message to both of Guam's political parties. "The low turnout of 66% - the lowest ever - is a message to the parties, is a message to the government," he said. "The voters are just not happy. They're not happy with the tone of the campaign and they protested by not showing up to vote."

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