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Hillary Wins Big In American Samoa Democratic Caucus

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton easily defeated Sen. Bernie Sanders in the American Samoa Democratic caucus.

Clinton clearly won with 73 percent of the vote, according to ABC News. Clinton also won American Samoa back in 2008 with 57 percent of the vote.

American Samoa is home to 11 Democratic delegates that will participate as part of 112 total delegates to represent U.S. territories in July at the Democratic National Convention. The other U.S. territories are Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Marinara Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Two hundred and twenty-three American Samoans gathered in a hotel in the capital of Pago Pago, which was the only Democratic caucus site. A total of 56,000 people live in the U.S. territory. Voters gathered at 9 a.m. local time, or 3 p.m. EST.

Of American Samoa’s 11 delegates, Clinton gets eight and Sanders gets three. The race is particularly significant since American Samoans do not have the right to legally vote in the November general election. Republican caucuses will be held March 22.

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