For the first time in more than 30 years, a Republican has won the contest to represent Guam as a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives.
Republican James Moylan defeated Democrat Judi Won Pat, with all of the island’s 67 counties reporting, according to the Pacific Daily News.
A partial and unofficial tally by the Guam Electoral Commission showed Moylan voting 17,075 against Won Pat’s 15,427 votes.
Moylan received 52.19 percent of the vote to 47.15 percent for Won Pat.
Democrat Michael San Nicolas currently holds the seat. He is not seeking re-election.
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The Red Wave reaches Guam! First GOP win there in 32 years. Congratulations James!
— Tommy Hicks (@TommyHicksGOP) November 8, 2022
“The Red Wave Arrives on Guam! First GOP win there in 32 years. Congratulations James!” Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks tweeted.
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The last Republican representative to be elected won in 1990 when Vicente Blaz was re-elected to a fourth term. He lost the 1992 election and the seat has been in Democratic hands ever since.
The seat was created in 1972. Blaz was the only other Republican to hold it.
During the campaign, Moylan said he will help the island get the attention it needs in Congress, according to the Pacific Island Times.
“We need to build relationships and allies in Congress. This will help Guam negotiate for more justice. We must strive for improved status as it will help better position Guam on the table,” he said.
“If there is indeed a red wave headed for Congress, particularly in the House of Representatives, then Guam should be in a better position to build those ties if a Republican is sent to Congress,” he said.
We’ve got the 1st GOP midterm election convention pickup! James Moylan (R) defeated Judi Won Pat (D) and won the race to be Guam’s non-voting delegate in Congress. Moylan will become the second Republican ever elected delegate from Guam.
— RRH Elections (@RRHElections) November 8, 2022
Although Guam is a Pacific island, Moylan noted that fighting inflation is a priority there, just like anywhere else.
“Tackling our inflationary crisis is my priority, and that means finding ways to reduce the cost of groceries, diapers and other everyday items coming to our island,” he said.
“I will be discussing these with various stakeholders, including shippers and members of Congress, in light of the legislation. The process needs to involve more extensive training, one that our team is ready for,” he said.
Moylan also said he would work as a delegate with other Pacific island communities to address concerns raised by China’s expansionist actions.
Moylan, a current state senator, served as an officer in the US Army and as a probation officer in the Guam Department of Justice.
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