With just votes from the Tinian regular election as well as the island’s early and absentee ballots left to be counted, the CNMI gubernatorial race is certainly headed for another runoff as incumbent Gov. Eloy S. Inos and his running mate, Senate President Ralph Torres (R-Saipan), failed to get 50 percent of the votes plus 1.
This after the CNMI Republican Party bets have so far gotten 4,797 votes against the 3,491 votes of independent Heinz Hofschneider and his running mate, former Senate floor leader Ray Yumul. The total votes are from unofficial tabulation by the Commonwealth Election Commission.
In the delegate race, incumbent Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) didn’t win by a landslide but his 6,414 votes so far places him comfortably ahead against the CNMI Democratic Party’s Andrew Salas, who did surprisingly well with 3,632 votes so far.