WASHINGTON — Despite record-low approval ratings in states across the country, President Barack Obama is still the early favorite among Hawaii donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

While the heavily Democratic state’s affection for a Honolulu-born president may not be a surprise, the favorite among Hawaii’s Republican donors is less predictable: Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Sixty-five percent of the state’s 424 early presidential campaign donations amounted to $132,944 for Obama between January and September, the most recent data available.

Paul took in just over 20 percent of Hawaii donations, about $35,960, during that time. Barely trailing him was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is fighting to hang on to his frontrunner status in the Republican field.

But Romney demonstrated that he can command more of Hawaii’s large donations than Paul. Despite receiving only a third of the number of donations that Paul got from Hawaii, he still pulled in $34,900 for his campaign.

The remaining Republican candidates received just a handful of donations from Hawaii residents totaling less than $6,000 apiece.

How Presidential Candidates Are Stacking Up So Far in Hawaii

Candidate # Donations Total Amount Average Donation
Barack Obama 274 $132,944 $485
Ron Paul 85 $35,960 $423
Mitt Romney 28 $34,900 $1,246
Newt Gingrich 6 $5,800 $967
Michele Bachmann 14 $5,501 $393
Tim Pawlenty1 2 $3,500 $1,750
Herman Cain 10 $2,615 $262
Rick Perry 2 $1,250 $625
Gary Johnson 1 $500 $500
Jon Huntsman 1 $250 $250

It appears Obama’s top donors are already decisive about their continuing support for the president: Obama was the only candidate to have received maximum $5,000 contributions from Hawaii individuals as of Sept. 30, 2011.

Individual donors are permitted to donate up to $2,500 to their candidate of choice for the primary election, and up to $2,500 for the general election.

Individuals Who Already Donated Maximum of $5,000 to Obama

Name Occupation Residence
Kelly Armstrong Retired Oahu
Robert Armstrong Founder, Armstrong Builders Oahu
Lawrence Brown BCH Holding, energy CEO Oahu
Rosalie Danbury Retired Kauai
Marilyn Park Retired Oahu

Obama had received 274 donations as of Sept. 30. Most of the Hawaii residents who have donated to Obama’s 2012 campaign gave in the $200 – $299 range.

Donations to Obama

Quantity Amount
11 $2,500
3 $2,000
24 $1,000 – 1,500
63 $500 – $999
28 $300 – $499
145 $200 – $299

No Hawaii individual had given more than $2,500 to a Republican candidate as of Sept. 30, though Republican candidates secured one more $2,500 donation than Obama did. Here’s a look at those who donated that amount to GOP hopefuls:

Individuals Who Donated $2,500 to a Republican Candidate

Donor Occupation Residence Candidate
Calvin Barlocker Retired Big Island Mitt Romney
Margaret Barlocker Retired Big Island Mitt Romney
Bradford Burton Physician Oahu Mitt Romney
Norman Caris Investment broker Kauai Tim Pawlenty
Richard Crabbe City refuse Oahu Ron Paul
Lynne Hansen Retired Oahu Mitt Romney
Craig Johnson Property manager Oahu Mitt Romney
Llyod Lim State insurance regulator Oahu Mitt Romney
Sharin Sakurai Physician Oahu Mitt Romney
Phyllis Walker-Long Homemaker Big Island Mitt Romney
Margaret Wheelwright Homemaker Oahu Mitt Romney
Steven Wheelwright Brigham Young president Oahu Mitt Romney

Of course, the presidential election is just getting started. The election itself is more than one year away, and many Republican donors will likely wait to give money until a GOP nominee emerges next spring.

  1. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race in August. As of mid-October, his campaign was still nearly half a million dollars in debt.

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