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How the American Samoa Caucus Works

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. American Samoa Standard Time (UTC-11) tonight, Republicans on this tiny island in the Pacific Ocean will hold their caucus. Like Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands, American Samoa will send nine delegates to the national convention: six at-large delegates and three superdelegates. When choosing their delegates, the caucus will not bind them, unless a motion to do so is made and approved. Brandon Smart, executive director of the American Samoa Republican party, writes in an email to NRO, “I believe this will happen, as it is usually what occurs.” Smart  adds, “We do not take raw voting of the group. People who can participate must be dues-paying members of the party. They can join and pay at the door.”

UPDATE: The caucus, St. Louis Today reports, will be held at Toa Bar & Grill. The article notes: “Amata Radewagen, a Republican National Committeewoman and superdelegate, did not say for whom she will vote, but Mitt Romney has ‘quite a bit of support’ among local Republicans.”


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