2008 American Samoa Democratic caucuses

Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa's At-large congressional district and Democratic convention superdelegate Eni Faleomavaega announces the distribution of American Samoa's delegate votes as part of the roll call of the states during the third day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

The American Samoa Democratic caucuses, 2008 took place on February 5, 2008, also known as Super Tuesday. Caucusing began at 11:00 am local time. The early time ensured that results would be reported that evening in the mainland United States.[1] Hillary Clinton won the caucus, the smallest of Super Tuesday's nominating contests.

The caucus drew a record turnout for the territory. A record-setting 285 caucus goers, who voted for their candidates at a hotel in the capital, Pago Pago, turned out for the caucus.[2] The caucus selected six pledged delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention; however, each delegate received only half a vote, so the caucus essentially determined the allocation of three delegate votes.[3] Since the pledged delegates were awarded proportionally, Clinton secured 2 delegates, with the third going to her opponent Barack Obama.


American Samoa Democratic presidential caucus, 2008[4]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
Hillary Clinton 163 57.19% 2
Barack Obama 121 42.45% 1
Mike Gravel 1 0.35% 0
Totals 285 100.00% 3

American Samoa also sent 6 unpledged superdelegates to the national convention; 4 endorsed Senator Clinton while 2 endorsed Senator Obama.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hendler, Clint (2007-02-05). "As goes American Samoa…: Voting early, the island enhances its play on Super Tuesday". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  2. ^ "No Presidential Nominees After 24 States Vote on Super Tuesday". America.gov, United States State Department. 2008-02-06. Archived from the original on 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  3. ^ "American Samoa Democratic Delegation 2008". The Green Papers. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  4. ^ New York Times Election Guide 2008