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Results of the Democratic Presidential Preference Poll in Hawaii Saturday (March 26)

The Democratic Party of Hawaii notes that today’s event was not a caucus, it was a poll conducted via secret ballots to decide how Hawaii splits its 34 Democratic Party delegates for the Democratic National Convention. The official results will be certified by the Democratic Party of Hawaii State Central Committee within 20 days.

These are the final results released by the Democratic Party of Hawaii at 11:45 p.m.

Total ballots cast: 33,716

Representing 100 percent of all precincts:

    • 23,530 ballots were cast for Bernie Sanders, representing 70 percent of the final results.
    • 10,125 ballots were cast for Hillary Rodham Clinton, representing 30 percent of the final results.
    • 12 ballots Rocky De La Fuente
    • 6 ballots Martin O’Malley
    • 43 ballots were uncommitted
Based on those totals, 17 delegates were awarded to Sanders and 8 to Clinton. Here are the totals by Congressional District and county.
Delegates (% of Vote)Delegates (% of Vote)
Congressional District 13 Clinton (38%)5 Sanders (62%)
Congressional District 22 Clinton (25%)6 Sanders (75%)
At-Large Delegates2 Clinton4 Sanders
Pledge PLEO1 Clinton2 Sanders
TOTALS8 Clinton17 Sanders

With little polling ahead of the March 26 vote, the outcome was in question.

Sanders was expected to come out on top, as Hawaii traditionally votes along liberal lines. In addition, he had the full backing from U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

However, Clinton is well known in Hawaii and has majority backing in states that already have voted.

Sanders swept Washington, Alaska and Hawaii on Saturday, but he did not make much of a dent in Clinton’s overall delegate count. He likely will have to win more than 60 percent of all remaining votes to have shot at the nomination.

Hawaii has 34 votes at the national level, including a hand full of super delegates. Five of those nine super delegates already have said they will be voting for Clinton.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement at 10:22 p.m. Saturday (Hawaii time) after The Associated Press declared him the winner of Hawaii’s Democratic caucuses:

“I want to thank the people of Hawaii for their strong support and for turning out in huge numbers for Saturday’s caucuses. Nobody should have any doubt that this campaign has extraordinary momentum and that we have a path toward victory. In state after state, our grassroots effort has taken on the entire political establishment. We have taken on the senators and the governors and the mayors and the members of Congress. Our political revolution is the best chance we have to keep Donald Trump or any other Republican out of the White House.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Statement on Hawaii’s Presidential Preference Poll

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement after Bernie Sanders won the Hawaii Presidential Preference Poll with 71% of the vote (Sanders: 22,661 votes; Clinton: 9,377 votes; 88% of precincts reporting).

“These results are amazing. Bernie Sanders’ big win in Hawaii is to his credit, but also to the credit of all the incredible grassroots volunteers who have worked so hard to turn out the vote today. Bernie Sanders had very little name recognition in Hawaii compared to Hillary Clinton. She had the endorsement of nearly all of Hawaii’s former Governors, former Members of Congress, and the other three members of our congressional delegation. It was so inspiring to see how people came out all across the state to vote today, on every island, and made sure their voices were heard. We stood together and sent a message that we want to bring our government back into the hands of the people; and that we must end the costly interventionist wars we’ve been engaging in for the past fifteen years, and focus on investing in our own communities and rebuilding our own nation.”

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