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American Samoa Elects Governor

November 10, 1988

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) _ Final results from the American Samoa election show Republican Peter Tali Coleman with an 830-vote victory for the governorship.

Coleman had 5,768 votes; incumbent Democrat A. P. Lutali had 4,958.

Coleman was the first Samoan to be appointed the territory’s governor. He was the territory’s first elected governor.

Coleman was appointed territorial governor in 1956, was first elected governor in 1977 and won re-election in 1980. The territorial constitution barred him from seeking a third term in 1984, when Lutali was elected.

In the congressional delegate race, a runoff election is scheduled for Nov. 22 because none of the four candidates received the necessary 51 percent of the vote.

Lt. Gov. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin had 3,739 votes, and Sen. Tufele Li’a had 3,381 votes. The other candidates were far behind.

The winner of the runoff election will succeed Fofo Sunia, who resigned in September after he was convicted of defrauding the U.S. government in a payroll padding scheme.

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