Hagatna – Although the United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam will not garner much attention akin to Saturday nightâ€™s Kansas caucuses or this weekâ€™s Super Tuesday event, they will contribute 27 delegates, a significant portion in this primary season. It was announced Saturday that former Governor Mitt Romney would be awarded nine delegates in Guam. The vote was unanimous as 207 of the 215 registered Republications at their annual convention supported Romney. Guamâ€™s delegates represent a fraction of the 1,144 delegates
needed to win and they are unpledged as well.
Nevertheless, as the Romney campaign pointed out, it is another milestone for the former governor and his quest for the GOP nomination. â€œI am grateful to have won all nine delegates in Guam, and I am pleased that my son Matt was able to visit the island on my behalf and be there for the caucuses,â€ said Romney in a press release. â€œThe people of Guam have always stood bravely for America and the values we hold dear. Today we stand together in our efforts to secure the future that this nation deserves.â€ Northern Mariana Islands Following the Northern Mariana Islands caucuses, it was reported that Romney will pick up another nine delegates in the U.S. territory. Romney was able to muster 87 percent of the vote in the non-binding presidential preference poll.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum only gained six percent of the vote. Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tied for third place with each receiving three percent of the vote. â€œThe Northern Mariana Islands may be far away from the mainland, but one of the great things about our democracy is that every voice has a chance to be heard in selecting a presidential candidate,â€ said Romney in a press release issued shortly after the announced results. â€œNow the voters of the Northern Mariana Islandsâ€” nearly 8,000 miles from Washington, D.C.â€”have spoken. And what theyâ€™ve said today is that they want to bring change to their beautiful islands by bringing change to our nationâ€™s capital.â€ Kansas It is expected that Santorum will win the state of Kansas Saturday night. Both Gingrich and Romney have abandoned their campaigns in the Sunflower State and instead have focused on the upcoming GOP contests in Alabama and Mississippi. Meanwhile, Paul has spent a considerable amount of time in Kansas. He campaigned Friday and will continue to do so Saturday. Despite this, Santorum told CNN Friday night that â€œwe’re going to have a good win here in Kansas.â€ Kansasâ€™ caucus will have 40 delegates at stake.