2020 United States House of Representatives Election in American Samoa
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2020 United States House of Representatives Election in American Samoa

2020 United States House of Representatives election in American Samoa, at-large district

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  Aumua Amata Radewagen congressional photo.jpg
Candidate Amata Coleman Radewagen Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 9,880 1,704
Percentage 83.5% 14.4%

Delegate at-large before election

Amata Coleman Radewagen
Republican

Elected Delegate at-large

Amata Coleman Radewagen
Republican

American Samoa's At-large congressional district

The 2020 United States House of Representatives election in American Samoa was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2018, to elect the non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa's at-large congressional district.[1][2] The election coincided with races for other federal and American Samoan territorial offices, including the larger American Samoa general election, as well as the nationwide 2020 United States House of Representatives elections and the 2020 United States general elections.

Incumbent delegate, Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen, a Republican who had held the seat since 2015, was overwhelmingly re-elected to the United States House of Representatives for a fourth term.[3]

Background

In November 2014, Amata Coleman Radewagen defeated 10-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Eni Faleomavaega in a crowded race for the seat.[4] She won re-election to a third term in 2018.

Candidates

The deadline for candidates to file with the Election Office was September 1, 2020.[1][2] Three candidates filed to run for election to American Samoa's lone seat in the United States House of Representatives by the official deadline, as determined by Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei.[1][2] A fourth candidate, Lealofi Seau, a retired member of the United States military, announced his candidacy in July 2020, but did not qualify for the ballot by the deadline.[1][5]

Democratic

  • Oreta Tufuga Mapu Crichton, former Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the American Samoan Government (ASG) from 2015 until July 2020.[1][5][6][7]
    • Crichton resigned as CPO on July 17, 2020, to seek election for Delegate.[7] She officially launched her campaign on September 12, 2020[6]
  • Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman, retired U.S. federal government employee[8]
    • Suitonu-Chapman launched her campaign in July 2020, marking her fourth campaign for Delegate to the U.S. House. She most recently ran for the office in 2018.[8] Suitonu-Chapman announced her candidacy in San Diego, California, as COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented her from returning to American Samoa at the time, and she remained stranded on the United States mainland for the duration of the election.[8][3]

Republican

General election results

American Samoa Delegate election results, 2020[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Amata Coleman Radewagen (inc.) 9,880 83.5%
Democratic Oreta Crichton 1,704 14.4%
Democratic Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman 249 2.1%
Total votes 11,833 100%

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Sagapolutele, Fili (September 2, 2020). "Chief Election Officer names qualified candidates for Nov election". Samoa News. Archived from the original on September 18, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "No Changes in List of Election Candidates". Talanei.com. September 9, 2020. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Sagapolutele, Fili (November 4, 2020). "Aumua Amata overwhelmingly wins a 4th consecutive 2-year term". Samoa News. Pago Pago, American Samoa. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Sagapolutele, Fili (November 5, 2014). "Aumua Amata is our new non-voting Delegate to the US House" (PDF). Samoa News. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2016. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Two more candidates now vying for American Samoa Delegate's seat: Oreta Tufuga Mapu Crichton and Lealofi Seau". Samoa News. July 13, 2020. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Oreta Crichton Kicks Off Campaign for Congress". Talanei.com. September 14, 2020. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Chief Procurement Officer resigns after declaring for office". Samoa News. July 20, 2020. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman makes 4th bid for American Samoa Delegate's seat". Samoa News. July 16, 2020. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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