Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was declared the overwhelming winner in the U.S. territory of Guam early Tuesday morning.
The first of the results to be reported on Election Day, the small Pacific island’s residents — all American citizens — hold a general election straw poll every four years, and its results are released hours before the polls close in the mainland.
Clinton received 71.63 percent of the vote, with Trump getting 24.16 percent. Third party candidate Emidio Soltysik of the Socialist Party received 4.22 support.
The bad news for Mrs. Clinton is that the results are nonbinding as Guam has no Electoral College votes. Its residents are not allowed to vote by absentee ballots either.
The good news for the Democratic nominee is that these 30,000 or so voters have correctly predicted the winner of every presidential election since 1984.
The symbolic vote matches the predictions of virtually all respected outfits who have been running the numbers throughout the election season, continuously holding the chances of a Clinton victory as overwhelmingly high.
The first results from important battleground states are going to surface within hours as polls close at 7:30 and 8 p.m. EST. Significant indicators of who will be victorious will come from states like Florida and North Carolina which not only have been watched carefully, but have had significant early voting allowing very quick reporting on more than 50 percent of their electorate.
There are also crucial states — mostly along the Rust Belt — which have no early voting whose results will trickle in at a slower place than early voting states. Those include big battleground states like Pennsylvania, and Michigan.