8 Nov 2002

American Samoan congressional run-off candidates both lose support of beaten Republican candidate

11:30 am on 8 November 2002

The third placed candidate in American Samoa's race to elect a delegate to the US Congress has decided not to support either of the two contenders.in the run-off election on November 19th.

Aumua Amata Coleman says as the Republican National Committewoman for American Samoa she is not prepared to endorse either of the other two who are both members of the Democratic Party.

American Samoa's current delegate, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, faces candidate Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde in the special election after no candidate received the required 50 per cent plus one vote in the territory's three-way congressional race.

Unofficial figures give Faleomavaega just over 41 per cent of the vote, while Fagafaga received just over 32 per cent and third candidate Aumua Amata Coleman 26 and a half per cent.