Election Wave Extends to Samoa as GOP Woman Wins

Posted by on Nov 05, 2014 at 5:14 pm

The massive GOP wave has swept across the Pacific.

American Samoa Del. Eni Faleomavaega (D) lost his reelection bid, bringing the territory its first woman delegate.

Faleomavaega had served 14 consecutive terms as American Samoa’s non-voting delegate. The Associated Press called the race Wednesday afternoon for Republican Aumua Amata Radewagen.

Faleomavaega’s health has recently become a concern, AP reported. He spent time in Honolulu to treat what he said were complications from his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

In the nine-candidate race in the remote Pacific islands, Radewagen garnered 42 percent of the votes, to Faleomavaega’s 31 percent, according to AP.


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