Republican elected to be Guam’s non-voting delegate to Congress for the first time in nearly 30 years

For the first time in nearly thirty years, the U.S. territory of Guam has elected a Republican to be its non-voting delegate to Congress.

Republican Senator James Moylan was elected over Democrat Judith Won Pat, who previously served as Speaker of the Guam Legislature.

The Republican Party issued a statement saying, “Congratulations to Guam Republican James Moylan for becoming the next delegate to the United States Congress. Guam hasn’t sent a Republican to Congress since 1993.”

Surprise victory

Moylan’s victory was unexpected, to say the least. He will be just the second Republican to serve as a delegate to Congress since the position was created 50 years ago in 1972.

Democrats still control Guam’s legislature with nine seats to the six seats that Republicans hold.

Incumbent Democratic Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio also won their elections giving Democrats a firm hold on Guam’s legislature and the executive branch.

So considering Democrats retained most of their power, Moylan’s victory is incredible and a sign of just how far Republicans have come thanks to the mistakes of the Democrat Party.

Unfortunately, Moylan’s victory means little else outside of the shock factor. Guam remains heavily Democrat, and Moylan will have no power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Republican eyes will be dawn elsewhere, especially as Republican candidates come up short in key races on the mainland.

Big losses on the mainland

While Moylan celebrates his win, Republicans have some serious soul-searching to do. Democrat John Fetterman won Pennsylvania’s Senate race and with that may have ended Republican’s hopes of taking the Senate.

While Republicans will likely take power in the House, winning control of the Senate was the real prize in this midterm cycle.

Outside of Florida and Ohio, the news isn’t amazing. What began with Moylan’s victory has fizzled, and it’s starting to feel like Republicans missed a huge opportunity to send a message to President Joe Biden and his administration.

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