Bloomberg Wins First Delegates In American Samoa

Bloomberg Wins First Delegates In American Samoa

Mike Bloomberg finally gained a delegate. In fact, he’s won four, all from the American Samoa caucus. The billionaire is spending an exorbitant amount on advertising and gained a lot of traction, but his spending has yet to translate into successful primaries or the attaining of any delegates. However, due to his late entry and problems with relate-ability, he struggled to gain traction.

Bloomberg gained 49.9 percent of the vote in Samoa, which gained him four of the six delegates from the territory. American Samoa gave one other delegate to Senator Tulsi Gabbard, also her first. One of American Samoa’s six delegates has yet to be awarded.

Gabbard has remained in the race, despite an extraordinarily low standing in the polls keeping her off the debate stage for months. However, she won 29.3 percent of the vote in Samoa, which earned her her only delegate as of now.

Frontrunners Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden both had rather poor showings in Samoa, respectively earning 10.5 percent and 8.8 percent of the vote. However, the two are fiercely fighting over states with far larger delegate counts, which are eluding Bloomberg, Gabbard, and the other democratic candidates.

Paulina Enck is an intern at the Federalist and current student at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. Follow her on Twitter at @itspaulinaenck
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