Mayoral upsets, Prop A shot down, Democrat majority highlight balloting
by Jason Salas
Guam - Nearly ten hours after the Decision 2012 General Election polls closed, ballots were tabulated for all 58 island voting precincts and several hotly-contested the races were finally determined. In the congressional delegate race, Madeleine Bordallo handily defeated Frank Blas, Jr. to earn her sixth term as Guam's representative in Congress.
In the senatorial race, numerous lateral moves added to the tension of the counting throughout the night, resulting in four incumbents not being re-elected - senators Judi Guthertz, Adolpho Palacios, Sam Mabini and Mana Silva Taijeron did not garner enough votes to crack the top 15. Conversely, first-time candidates Tommy Morrison, Michael San Nicolas, Mike Limtiaco and Brant McCreadie secured spots in the 32nd Guam Legislature. The Democrats, pending certification of the results, will have a 9-6 majority.
Several mayoral upsets were also seen, as Ken Joe Ada defeated incumbent Jose Terlaje to become mayor of Yona; in the Yigo race Rudy Matanane bested Mayor Bob Lizama; and Doris Lujan beat incumbent Franklin Taitague to be the mayor of Inarajan.
For the non-partisan race for Prop 'A', the for-profit gambling initiative was summarily rejected by nearly a 2:1 ratio.
The results will be certified by the GEC at their next meeting at 5:47pm this evening.