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Governor of Guam, Facing Trial, Loses to GOP Challenger

November 05, 1986|Associated Press

AGANA, Guam — Republican Joseph Ada defeated incumbent Democrat Ricardo J. Bordallo, who faces trial on bribery and extortion charges, in Tuesday's gubernatorial election.

With all 75 of this Pacific island's precincts reporting, Ada, a senator in the U.S. territory's unicameral legislature, unofficially had 54% of the votes cast.

In the race for the island's delegate to the U.S. House, incumbent Republican Ben Blaz defeated Democrat Frank C. Torres Jr.

"You wanted a change . . . you want honesty and integrity in your government," Ada, 43, told supporters.

A federal grand jury on Sept. 3 named Bordallo and two others in a 12-count indictment alleging influence peddling and illegal contributions to his reelection campaign.

Bordallo, 58, was accused of bribery, extortion, wire fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice and witness tampering. He is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 1.

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