SOME thoughts about Saturday’s primary election, in no particular order:
- It looks like we won’t be picking any Moe Cotton. The clever play on words using his name stirred up some interest on Facebook and a bit of comment here, but that didn’t translate into enough votes to keep the realtor in the game. His one-issue campaign for a part-time Legislature also failed to hit the target with voters;
- Madeleine Bordallo remains a prodigious vote-getter. Her unofficial total of 7,853 was more than any other candidate in the partisan races, and she beat her Democratic opponent, Karlo Dizon, 73 percent to 26 percent;
- Dizon ought to find a way to stick around for 2014. He proved to be a capable campaigner with both personal and professional appeal. If Madeleine wins in November, it will undoubtedly be her last term;
- Sen. Frank Blas Jr. has his work cut out for him. Assuming a fair proportion of the Democratic vote stays with Madeleine, he probably cannot defeat her unless there is some significant wheeling and dealing. That’s always possible, and some are saying it’s inevitable;
- The largest number of votes for the day went to Doris Flores Brooks, the Public Auditor, who pulled in 14,472 against former Gov. Carl Gutierrez’s 4,842. That write-in total for Carl is pretty astounding, but it simply sets this race up for a re-run on Nov. 6, this time with the former governor’s name printed on the ballot so folks will not need to write him in. That is unlikely to make enough of a difference. Anybody, Republican, Democrat or Independent, could vote on this ballot Saturday, and nearly 23,000 did. Short of a much larger turnout and a significant shift of voter opinion in November, Brooks seems likely to be re-elected;
- It’s a big risk for the former governor. If he expends most of his considerable political capital on this race, and loses, his elected political career may well be over;
- Jonathan Diaz’s political career should be over. He got only 84 people to forego the opportunity to vote in any of the other races and cast a vote for his Independent candidacy for delegate. Considering all the noise he made, that was a pretty small return;
- The Guam Election Commission acquitted itself very well. Executive Director Maria Pangelinan and her staff of both full-time and temporary workers did, by most accounts, a superb job.
Finally, there are several incumbent senators whose political futures are in doubt. You can figure out who they are by looking at the primary results. The top five of each party are pretty much assured of election. The remaining five seats, and the majority control of the 32nd Legislature, are up for grabs.