With 4,797 votes on their side, the CNMI Republican Party tandem of Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Senate President Ralph Torres (R-Saipan) widened their lead against independent candidate Heinz Hofschneider and his running mate, former Senate floor leader Ray Yumul to 1,306. Hofschneider and Yumul currently sit with 3,491 votes.
With the Commonwealth Election Commission done tabulating Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and Rota, Inos and Torres have maintained their lead against three other contenders, with only the Tinian ballots and absentee votes to be counted.
In the U.S. delegate race, incumbent Gregorio Kilili Sablan (Ind-MP) has gained a commanding 2,782-vote lead against Andrew Salas, with the three-time incumbent gaining 6,414 votes against the former Commerce secretary’s 3,632.