2016 United States House of Representatives election in American Samoa

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American Samoa's At-large congressional district

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election in American Samoa was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to elect the non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa's at-large congressional district. The election coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including the larger American Samoa general election, as well as the nationwide 2016 United States House of Representatives elections and the 2016 United States general elections.

Incumbent Amata Coleman Radewagen, a Republican who had held the seat since 2015, successfully sought re-election to a second term.[1]

Background[edit]

In November 2014, Radewagen defeated 10-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Eni Faleomavaega in a crowded race for the seat.[2]

Candidates[edit]

Five candidates filed to run for election to American Samoa's lone seat in the United States House of Representatives: three women and two men.[1] All elections in American Samoa were officially non-partisan, though candidates have identified with a particular political party.

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Independents[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Tua'au Kereti Mata'utia, withdrew from race on in July 2016[5]

Campaign[edit]

A congressional campaign forum, attended by all five candidates, was held at American Samoa Community College (ASCC) on October 6, 2016.[6]

Results[edit]

The general election took place on November 8, 2016, and Radewagen won with over 75% of the vote, according to official results.

American Samoa Delegate to the United States House of Representatives election, November 8, 2016[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Amata Coleman Radewagen (inc.) 8,924 75.4
Democratic Salu Hunkin-Finau 1,581 13.4
Democratic Mapu Jamias 978 8.3
Democratic Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman 181 1.50
Independent Timothy Jones 171 1.40
Total votes 11,835 100
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Three for governor/lt governor, 5 for Congress, 62 for AS House". Talanei. 2016-09-02. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  2. ^ Sagapolutele, Fili (2014-11-05). "Aumua Amata is our new non-voting Delegate to the US House" (PDF). Samoa News. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  3. ^ "Vaitinasa declares her candidacy for Congress". Talanei. 2016-06-15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  4. ^ "Retired Lt. Col Mapy Jamoas 6th Person To Declare for U.S. Congress". Samoa News. 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  5. ^ "Tua'au Kereti Mata'utia pulls out of race". Talanei. 2016-07-14. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  6. ^ "Congressional candidates on US citizenship". Talanei. 2016-10-12. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  7. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/

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