Hillary Clinton won’t gain any delegates for her resounding victory in the tiny U.S. island of Guam today, but it bodes well for her nonetheless.
The territory way out west of the international dateline has been a reliable barometer of how the U.S. election will go in almost every presidential race for the last 32 years. Voters there express their preference in a straw poll. Unlike in the presidential primaries, where Guam’s vote actually counts, in the general election, Guam and other U.S. territories have no say.
Still, thousands of people turn out. Clinton won nearly 72% of the 32,071 ballots cast Tuesday. Trump got 24% of the vote. The only year Guam did not predict the U.S. president was the year an election-day typhoon disrupted voting in 1996. Bill Clinton already had been declared the winner by the time Guam voted that year.