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By Gemma Q. Casas

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 1) – Repubican U.S. President George W. Bush won Saturday’s mock presidential election on Saipan, with 155 votes - 61 percent of the 254 registered voters who participated in the event.

Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic Party’s candidate, trailed with only 99 votes, or 39 percent.

In Rota, Bush was also leading with 105 votes versus Kerry’s 35.

But among the nonregistered voters on Saipan, Kerry narrowly won over Bush—28 votes against Bush’s 23.

Independent candidate Ralph Nader got 0 votes from Saipan

Northern Marianas College political science professor Sam McPhetres, who organized the mock presidential election along with about 45 NMC students throughout CNMI, said the Saipan mock election result is still unofficial as they are still tallying election results from Tinian as of Sunday.

However, McPhetres said it would be safe to deduce though that the result of the mock election is the general reflection of the votes that the presidential candidates would get from the CNMI.

Registered voters in the CNMI with prior residency in the U.S. mainland are allowed to vote in the U.S. presidential election scheduled for tomorrow under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986.

The Commonwealth Election Commission estimates about 4,000 registered voters from the CNMI are eligible to vote in the U.S. presidential election under the Absentee Voting Act—the first time since the CNMI people received their U.S. citizenship 18 years ago.

November 1, 2004

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