The polls are closed on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The votes are being counted as I type.
I have no confidence that the election in the CNMI was fair. Accusations were made that the Covenant Party was handing out $10 gas cards to voters, early voters were intimidated by Covenant thugs standing only a few feet from the only polling place, campaign ads were paid for by ghost organizations with soft money, and not a single one of the complaints of election fraud were investigated before the election.
In the last week the race became a referendum of Kilili against Governor Fitial. Now I would like to think that the people of the CNMI would have learned their lesson by now, but I've seen the lengths people there will go for a free t-shirt. I can only imagine what they would do for a $10 gas card, never mind the other stories of vote buying that have filtered their way to me.
If the CNMI were a rational electorate, I would predict that Kilili bags this election with 35% of the vote. And just to throw out some numbers, I'm going to guess Jesse Borja gets 31%, Babauta 20%, and Camacho 14%.
I will post the election results as they come in. If you would like to listen to them live, tune into 100.3 KWAW online.