Hillary Clinton Wins Big In American Samoa Again

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the American Samoa caucus on Tuesday, defeating her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and California businessman Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, who registered with the local Democratic party.


As many voters headed to the polls during Super Tuesday, American Samoa was the first of five contests held in the United States territories.


American Samoans cannot vote in the general election in November, but they can participate in presidential primaries. The territory consists of a group of small islands about 2,500 miles from Hawaii.


This year, American Samoans will send 11 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Six of these delegates were selected on Tuesday.


Unlike the caucuses that are held in the states, which consist of many different locations, the Democratic Caucus in American Samoa only took place in the Tradewinds Hotel in the capital of Pago Pago for a two-hour period.


In 2008, Clinton won the American Samoa Caucus against then-Sen. Barack Obama.


On Tuesday, Clinton called into the American Samoa's sole caucus site, according to a campaign aide.


"She also highlighted her commitment to breaking down barriers and building ladders of opportunity for the people of American Samoa -- specifically citing her commitment to raise incomes and tackle the epidemic of substance abuse," the aide said.


Republicans in the U.S. territory will hold their party’s caucus on March 22.

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