Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2018

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Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2018

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Nominee Ralph Torres Juan Babauta
Party Republican Independent
Running mate Arnold Palacios Rita Sablan
Popular vote 7,053 4,293
Percentage 62.16% 37.84%

Governor before election

Ralph Torres
Republican

Elected Governor

Ralph Torres
Republican

The 2018 Northern Mariana gubernatorial election took place on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to elect the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands to a four-year term in office. The election, which corresponds to the larger Northern Mariana general election and the United States midterms, was originally scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.[1] However, Governor Ralph Torres postponed all elections in the territory until November 13th due to the impact of Typhoon Yutu, which struck the Northern Mariana Islands as a Category 5 storm in October 2018, shortly before the planned elections.[1]

Incumbent Republican Governor Ralph Torres, who became governor in December 2015 following the death in office of the late Governor Eloy Inos, sought election to a full term.[2][3]

Unlike past gubernatorial elections, there was no runoff election in 2018, since there are only two candidates contesting the gubernatorial contest, incumbent Ralph Torres and former Gov. Juan Babauta.[4]

On November 13, 2018, Governor Ralph Torres won his first full term as Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands.[5]

Election background[edit]

In the 2014 gubernatorial race, Republican Governor Eloy Inos and his running mate, Ralph Torres, were elected to a full four year term. The Inos-Torres ticket defeated independent candidate, Heinz Hofschneider, in the gubernatorial runoff on November 18, 2014.

Governor Eloy Inos died in office at a hospital in Seattle, Washington, on Monday, December 28, 2015 (local time in Seattle).[6] Because of the time difference between Seattle, it was already Tuesday morning, December 29th, in the Northern Mariana Islands at the time of Governor Inos' death.[6] Lieutenant Governor Ralph Torres became the new Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands on Tuesday, December 29, to serve the remainder of Inos' unexpired term.[6][7] Victor Hocog, the then-President of the Northern Mariana Islands Senate, was sworn in as the new Lieutenant Governor later that day on December 29th.[7]

On November 8, 2017, Lt. Governor Victor Hocog announced that he would not run for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2018.[8] Instead, Hocog would seek election for one of the two Senate seats representing the island of Rota in the 2018 general election.[8][9]

Governor Ralph Torres declared his candidacy for a full term in a press conference on November 19, 2017, at his home in As Teo.[2][3] Torres chose Senate President Arnold Palacios as his new running mate for lieutenant governor in 2018 gubernatorial contest.[2][3]

Juan Babauta, the former Governor from 2002 to 2006, announced his candidacy on April 12, 2018, as an independent.[10] He selected Dr. Rita Sablan, the former commissioner of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System, as his running mate for lieutenant governor.[10]

Election postponement[edit]

The Northern Mariana Islands' general and gubernatorial elections were originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018, to correspond with the nationwide 2018 United States midterm elections. However, Typhoon Yutu made landfall in the Northern Mariana Islands as a Category 5 super typhoon, devastating the main islands of Saipan and Tinian. In response, Governor Torres postponed all elections in the Northern Mariana Islands until Tuesday, November 13, 2018, including the gubernatorial race.[1]

Early voting was held from Tuesday, November 6, 2018, until Monday, November 12, 2018.[11]

Candidates[edit]

Republican[edit]

Independent[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Democratic
    • Joseph Inos - former Mayor of Rota and brother of the late Gov. Eloy Inos. Announced gubernatorial candidacy on January 19, 2018. Withdrew from the race on February 7, 2018, citing a lack of unified support from his family.[16][17]

Results[edit]

The gubernatorial contest was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, having been delayed one week due to recovery efforts from Typhoon Yutu. Early voting began on November 6th.[1] Incumbent Ralph Torres won re-election to his first full term.[18]

Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ralph Torres and Arnold Palacios 7,053 62.16%
Independent Juan Babauta and Rita Sablan 4,293 37.84%
Total votes 11,346 100%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Sinco Kelleher, Jennifer (2018-10-29). "Northern Mariana Islands elections delayed as community recovers from devastating super typhoon". Associated Press. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  2. ^ a b c Villahermosa, Cherrie Anne E. (2017-11-21). "Torres announces Palacios as running mate for 2018". The Guam Daily Post. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  3. ^ a b c d e Encinares, Erwin (2017-11-20). "Torres-Palacios ticket affirmed". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  4. ^ De La Torre, Ferdie (2017-08-09). "No runoff election". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ Torres wins in landslide CNMI election
  6. ^ a b c Miculka, Cameron (2015-12-29). "CNMI Gov. Eloy Inos dies". Pacific Daily News. Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  7. ^ a b Chan, Dennis B. (2018-12-30). "Torres becomes governor; Hocog is lt. gov". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  8. ^ a b Encinares, Erwin (2017-11-14). "Hocog announces Senate bid". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  9. ^ De La Torre, Ferdie (2018-07-12). "Lt. Gov. Hocog, Rota Mayor Atalig file candidacies". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  10. ^ a b c d De La Torre, Ferdie (2018-04-13). "Babauta, Sablan announce candidacies". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  11. ^ De La Torre, Ferdie (2018-11-12). "Early voting ends today, Monday". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  12. ^ De la Torre, Ferdie (2017-01-09). "20th legislature to convene today". The Guam Daily Post. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  13. ^ Perez, Jon (2016-07-28). "Rita Sablan to retire as Education commissioner". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  14. ^ Perez, Jon (2016-08-09). "Pangelinan is acting PSS commissioner". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  15. ^ Democrats endorse Babauta-Sablan
  16. ^ De La Torre, Ferdie (2018-01-22). "Joseph S. Inos is Dems' gubernatorial bet". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  17. ^ "Joseph Inos withdraws from gubernatorial race". Marianas Variety. 2018-02-08. Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  18. ^ http://www.votecnmi.gov.mp/2018-election-results. November 2018 http://www.votecnmi.gov.mp/2018-election-results. Retrieved 15 November 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |website= (help)

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