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Ted Cruz Picks Up A Delegate In Guam

Citizens of Guam cannot vote in the general presidential election.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gained one delegate from the Guam caucus on Saturday.

During the caucus hosted in Tumon, about 350 members selected the party’s delegates to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer.

Of the nine delegates and six alternatives selected for the Republican Party of Guam, only one is thus far committed -- Gov. Eddie Calvo, who also serves as Cruz's local chairman. The remaining delegates plan to meet Tuesday to discuss support of particular candidates, according to GOP Executive Director Juan Carlos Benitez.

Guam is an American territory located in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It has a population of more than 170,000 people. Like citizens of American Samoa, Guam citizens cannot vote in the general presidential election in November. 

On Wednesday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump released a statement asking for Guam’s votes and pledged increased attention to territorial issues.

“If I am honored to earn the votes of the people of the United States, territories and commonwealths during the presidential primary process and am elected to serve, I will restore equality and fairness to all citizens, especially those that have been ignored for too long,” Trump said.

The Democratic caucus in Guam will be held on May 7, 2016.

CLARIFICATION: The title of the article initially stated that Cruz had "won" Guam. He picked up one of nine delegates, which is a win of sorts, but the other eight delegates have not yet been pledged.

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