BREAKING NEWS: Palacios-Apatang posts commanding lead in runoff polls


Unofficial Commonwealth Election Commission tabulation results show that, with Palacios-Apatang’s commanding 1,060 lead and only some absentee votes remaining to be counted on Dec.9, it’s mathematically improbable for the Torres-Sablan tandem to catch up.

Palacios-Apatang got 138 votes from absentee ballots, while Torres-Sablan received 140. Palacios-Apatang got 7,077 total votes, while Torres-Sablan garnered 6,017 votes.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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