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Ron Paul Wins Hawaii County By 22 Votes

Ron Paul may not have won a state yet.

But in Hawaii’s Republican caucus Tuesday, the Texas congressman won the Big Island by 22 votes over Mitt Romney. Paul collected 455 votes on the Big Island, 32 percent, versus 433 for Romney, 31 percent. Rick Santorum got 320 votes, 23 percent. And Newt Gingrich totaled 209 votes, 15 percent.

Romney won Honolulu, Maui and Kauai. But his victory on Maui was by just nine votes.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/14/2012 at 12:02AM HST (16 hours ago)

Romney Built Win in 2nd Congressional District

One question Tuesday in Hawaii was how strong would the turnout be for Mitt Romney in the heavily Mormon part of Oahu, particularly Laie.

Well, the answer was that more than 1,000 residents cast their votes at Laie Elementary School.

The result: Romney has a huge lead in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes that part of Oahu. With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has 2,409 votes, versus 1,145 for Rick Santorum. That’s 47 percent vs. 22 percent. Ron Paul is in third, gathering his strength on the neighbor islands, with 1,076 votes, or 21 percent. Newt Gingrich has 539 votes, or 10 percent.

In the 1st Congressional District the contest is much closer. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has 821 vs. 669 for Santorum.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:46PM HST (17 hours ago)

Romney Wins Hawaii

The Associated Press has declared Mitt Romney the winner in the Hawaii Republican presidential caucus. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has 3,184 votes, or 46 percent, versus 1,781 for Rick Santorum, at 26 percent. Ron Paul is third with 1,247, or 18 percent, and Newt Gingrich is last, with 771 votes, or 11 percent.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:37PM HST (18 hours ago)
Romney Building Strong Lead In Hawaii

With 78 percent of precincts reporting in the Hawaii GOP presidential caucus, Mitt Romney has jumped far ahead of Rick Santorum.

Romney has 2,921 votes, or 46 percent, while Santorum has 1,607 votes, 25 percent. In third place is 1,148. In last place is Newt Gingrich, with 717 votes, or 11 percent.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:34PM HST (18 hours ago)

Ron Paul In The Lead on Hawaii Island

Ron Paul has a 61 vote margin on Hawaii Island with nine of 11 precincts reporting.

Paul has 349 votes, trailed by Mitt Romney at 288, Rick Santorum at 236 and Newt Gingrich at 170.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:31PM HST (18 hours ago)
In Hawaii 2nd Congressional District, Ron Paul Nipping at Romney

The Hawaii Republican presidential caucus is turning into a tale of two congressional districts.

In the 2nd Congressional District, with 21 of 31 precincts reporting, Mitt Romney has 792 votes and Ron Paul has 769. Rick Santorum is in third, with 633, and Newt Gingrich has 386 votes.

In the 1st Congressional District, with 7 of 14 precincts reporting, it’s a battle between Romney and Santorum. Romney has 556 votes versus 524 for Santorum. Paul is in third, way back with 190 votes. Gingrich has 185 votes.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:28PM HST (18 hours ago)

Romney Widens Lead in Hawaii with 69% of Precincts Reporting

Mitt Romney has 1,732 votes, a 314 vote lead over Rick Santorum, with 31 of 45 Hawaii precincts reporting. Romney is at 36 percent, with Santorum at 29 percent. Ron Paul has 1,055 votes, 22 percent, and Newt Gingrich has 669 votes, 14 percent.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:25PM HST (18 hours ago)
With 60% of Hawaii Precincts Reporting, 3,786 Votes Counted

Hawaii’s GOP has hit the 60 percent of precincts reporting mark, and Mitt Romney is still in the lead with 1,296 votes versus 1,117 for Rick Santorum.

The total number of votes cast in the 27 of 45 precincts that have reported is 3,786. Ron Paul has 842 and Newt Gingrich has 531.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:18PM HST (18 hours ago)

Romney Beats Ron Paul By 9 Votes on Maui

Mitt Romney has taken Maui by nine votes in the Hawaii Republican presidential caucus. With all eight precincts reporting, Romney has 337 votes, versus 328 for Ron Paul, 262 for Rick Santorum and 172 for Newt Gingrich.

The total GOP turnout on Maui was 1,099.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:14PM HST (18 hours ago)
Hawaii Tops Halfway Mark, With 23 of 45 Precincts Reporting

Mitt Romney is retaining his hold on the lead as the Hawaii GOP passes the halfway mark in reporting results of the presidential caucus.

With 23 of 45 precincts reporting, Romney has 1,053 votes, Rick Santorum has 931, Ron Paul 671 and Newt Gingrich, 438.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:11PM HST (18 hours ago)

With 19 Precincts Reporting, Romney at 35%, Santorum at 30%

Mitt Romney may be getting his mojo back in Hawaii and American Samoa. He won American Samoa and is in the lead in Hawaii, with 19 of 45 precincts reporting.

Rick Santorum had a big night in the South, but in the Pacific, we see Romney in the lead with 862 votes, or 35 percent. He’s trailed by Santorum, with 761 votes, or 30 percent.

Ron Paul has 536 votes, or 21 percent, and Newt Gingrich has 338, 14 percent.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 10:07PM HST (18 hours ago)

Hawaii GOP Slow in Counting Caucus Votes

One hour and 55 minutes after the caucuses closed, the Hawaii Republican Party still hadn’t counted ballots from more than 50 percent of its 45 precincts.

This was the party’s first caucus, and it showed. The party ran out of ballots at a handful of precincts. And at 9:55, it had results from just 17 of 45 precincts, or 38 percent.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:57PM HST (18 hours ago)
On Maui, It’s Romney, Paul

With seven of eight precincts reporting on Maui, Mitt Romney has 243 votes and Ron Paul has 239. Paul may not have won a state nationally, but he’s close to winning a Hawaii county.

Rick Santorum has 192 votes and Newt Gingrich 107.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:32PM HST (19 hours ago)
Romney at 33%, Santorum at 28%, Paul at 23% and Gingrich at 16%

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are slugging it out in Hawaii, with Romney holding a slight edge with 33 percent of precincts reporting. Romney has 435 votes, Santorum 378, Ron Paul 313 and New Gingrich 210. The turnout in heavily Mormon Laie is still not in. About 1,000 people are believed to have voted there.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:24PM HST (19 hours ago)

[VIDEO] Volunteer Impressed With Turnout

Elevila Giles, 64 and a Hawaii Kai resident, served as a volunteer at the Republican caucus. She said that the turnout was overwhelming.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:14PM HST (19 hours ago)
With 12 of 45 Precincts Reporting, Romney Holds His Edge

As the votes come in to Hawaii Republican headquarters, Mitt Romney is holding the lead with 12 of 45 precincts reporting. He has 291 votes, or 32 percent. Rick Santorum is next, with 235 votes, or 26 percent. Ron Paul has 230 votes, or 25 percent. And Newt Gingrich has 149 votes, or 16 percent.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:14PM HST (19 hours ago)

Report from GOP HQ: Romney Supporter T-Shirt Says It All

Retired attorney Jack McDermot showed up at Republican headquarters to support Mitt Romney.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:08PM HST (19 hours ago)
With 22% of Precincts Reporting, Romney Holds Lead

Mitt Romney is at 35 percent, with 244 votes. He’s trailed by Rick Santorum, at 29 percent, with 202 votes. Ron Paul is in third, at 21 percent, with 149 votes. Newt Gingrich is at the bottom of the pack, at 16 percent, with 112 votes. This is with 10 of 45 precincts reporting, or 22 percent of precincts.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 9:00PM HST (19 hours ago)

Lingle Changes Her Mind About Hawaii Presidential Caucus

After casting her secret ballot at Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai, Linda Lingle told Civil Beat she was impressed with the excitement and turnout the caucus generated.

“I’ve been getting reports from friends who are at the various polling places, and everybody is very excited about it,” she told Civil Beat. “When this was first proposed I was not enthusiastic about it. But, over the last few months as I heard from the people who were doing the planning and what they were expecting — and of course as it became clear that Hawaii would be a factor nationally — I have come to think it’s a really great process and involved a lot of people who might not get involved on a local race or a legislative race in their district, this has brought them out. That’s very good — very good for the party, but also very good for the state, because to the extent you have a stronger Republican Party, you have a better chance for a two-party system. And that benefits everybody.”

She said that, as a result of the caucus, she is “certain” that more Republicans will turn out for the general election — not only to vote but also to volunteer and participate in a two-party system.

Asked if she would like to see a Hawaii GOP presidential caucus four years from now, Lingle said, “I do think it’s a good idea. I think it’s especially good this year because Hawaii is a factor in the race. I think if it was already decided, obviously it wouldn’t be as interesting. But people are excited because they know people are waiting on the mainland to hear how they voted.”
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:55PM HST (19 hours ago)
LIHUE, KAUAI — Lone Voter Arrives Too Late

After a night that began with a moderate, but steady stream and then ebbed and flowed from trickle to light flow, the night sputtered to a close at 8 p.m. sharp with only a lone voter arriving just after the caucus station closed.

Upon closing, Ron Agor, interim chair for Kauai’s District 15, reported 111 people had voted in Lihue tonight. Counting was still going on, but Agor said he could not share which candidate received the most votes at the Lihue caucus site. For that, he said, GOP contact headquarters.

  • Jon Letman

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:52PM HST (19 hours ago)

With 7 of 45 Precincts Reporting, Romney in Lead

Mitt Romney is in front with 7 of 45 precincts reporting. Romney has 134 votes, to 118 for Rick Santorum, 97 for Ron Paul and 71 for Newt Gingrich.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:50PM HST (20 hours ago)
First Results – Romney Leads With 3 of 45 Precincts Reporting

Mitt Romney has 41 votes, to 26 for Ron Paul and 14 each for Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

These are the first results from the Republican Party, with 3 of 45 precincts reporting.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:41PM HST (20 hours ago)

Mitt Romney Wins American Samoa

This just in from the Washington Post: Romney wins American Samoa’s presidential caucus.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:16PM HST (20 hours ago)
And Now The Counting Begins …

Polls have closed in Ewa Beach after a quiet last 45 minutes of voting. About 10 volunteers have the packed ballot box open and are starting to count.

“Santorum. Romney. Newt. Santorum. Newt. Ron Paul. Newt. Mitt. Mitt. Santorum.”

And so on.

At the end of the first count, Santorum had the lead but nothing is official yet.

Meanwhile, at GOP headquarters, party officials hoped to have an early tally by 8:30 p.m.

— Michael Levine

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:13PM HST (20 hours ago)

Ron Paul ‘Woke Me Up’

KAHULUI, MAUI — Things have slowed down here. Every few minutes someone shows up, but the rush seen at the beginning is over.

Poll watchers are on hand for Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and New Gingrich, but no one is here watching out for Rick Santorum’s interests.

Sean Housman is a 35-year-old pastor who is serving as a poll watcher for Ron Paul.

“I’ve never been passionate about politics, but Ron Paul woke me up,” he says.

One campaign worker for former Gov. Linda Lingle has stationed himself by the door. he is handing out bumper stickers and donor cards to everyone as they leave.

— Todd A. Vines

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 8:05PM HST (20 hours ago)

Action Starts to Pick Up At GOP Headquarters

With 20 minutes until the caucuses end, campaign and party officials have started filing into Hawaii Republican Party headquarters with tales of long voting lines at various polling places around Oahu.

At least three sites ran out of ballots, Hawaii GOP Chair David Chang said.

“We didn’t expect this many people.”

Miriam Hellreich, Republican National Committeewoman; Nacia Lee, HRP executive director; Trent Johnson, HRP communications director; Helene Webster, HRP deputy treasurer; and more have rallied back at HQ after casting their ballots.

First results are expected at 8:30 p.m.

  • Nathan Eagle

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:57PM HST (20 hours ago)

Lingle Makes An Appearance

Former Hawaii governor and U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle makes an appearance in Hawaii Kai.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:56PM HST (21 hours ago)
North Shore’s Rep. Gil Riviere Impressed With The Turnout

Hawaii House representative Gil Riviere, a Republican, says he’s impressed with the turn out in his district tonight.

A staffer at Laie Elementary said “well over a thousand” people have come through as of 7:30 p.m.

Riviere, whose district wraps around the North Shore from Waialua to Windward Oahu, stopped at the Haleiwa precinct before dropping by in Laie.

“It’s nice to see an excited community,” he said. He declined to say which presidential candidate he’s supporting.

— Nanea Kalani

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:54PM HST (21 hours ago)

Update From Headquarters

Republican Party chair David Chang’s parents have joined him as he oversees what appears to be a successful evening of caucuses.

“We didn’t expect this many people,” Chang says.

Three locations ran out of ballots, and earlier in the evening party officials were taking more ballots to Jefferson Elementary.

People from various camps are starting to trickle into the HQ, which has been somewhat quiet for most of the evening.

Stacks of red-and-white Hawaii GOP shirts are still waiting to be passed out.

— Nathan Eagle

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:48PM HST (21 hours ago)

Early Rush, Then Quiet in Kalihi

A crowd of roughly 65 people cast votes in Kalihi tonight at Dole Middle School. They lined up early and were mostly done within 45 minutes. Clock ticking down now to 8 p.m., then vote tallying. Stay tuned.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:42PM HST (21 hours ago)
Ron Paul Takes Waimea

WAIMEA, HAWAII ISLAND — Ron Paul is energizing people going to the caucus here. About 100 people have come through the door since it opened at 6 p.m. and most have declared their support for the Texas congressman.

We talked to one Mitt Romney supporter, but there definitely seems to be an organized movement for Paul.

In fact, a stack of bumper stickers and support cards on the table for former Gov. Linda Lingle, the GOP’s star player, are drawing some ire. One woman was very upset that Lingle was being allowed to “campaign” at the caucus.

Caucus workers are instructing people to fill out the cards which are addressed to the campaign.

— Tiffany Edwards Hunt

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:37PM HST (21 hours ago)

It’s Quiet At Aloha Church

LIHUE, KAUAI – At 6 p.m. there was a good stream of voters at the Aloha Church, off the Kaumualii Highway, but by 7:10 it was quiet.

About 50 voters have come through so far. One person is campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle out front.

The people who’ve come out are happy to talk. These are folks with opinions. They’re frustrated about Obama and they’re concerned about Obamacare.

  • Jon Letman

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:26PM HST (21 hours ago)

Ewa Beach: A Santorum Stronghold

The votes are piling up for Rick Santorum, at least in this one reporter’s personal exit poll.

Seven of the 10 voters I have talked to chose Santorum, and most cited his family values.

“His character, his morals, what he stands for,” said Summer Ball, a 33-year-old unemployed campaign volunteer who lives here in Ewa Beach.

A self-described “Air Force brat” who has been in Hawaii off and on since 1997, is here observing the vote, making sure nobody stuffs the ballot box.

She said Mitt Romney is indistinguishable from Barack Obama, and that she’ll have a similarly hard time voting for Linda Lingle for Senate. She’s too moderate, Ball said.

— Michael Levine

Summer Ball is going for Rick Santorum.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:24PM HST (21 hours ago)

[VIDEO] Hawaii’s Lone GOP State Senator Comes Out For Santorum

Sen. Slam Slom, the lone Republican in the state Senate and a Hawaii Kai resident, turned up in Kahala to cast his vote for Rick Santorum.

He said President Barack Obama has deprived people in this country of confidence and hope, and that he’s changed this country for the worse. He cited Obama’s healthcare proposal and what he called the destruction of the business and investment climate as major problems.

An hour after the caucus began, there was still a line out the door of people wanting to vote. It’s not dying down at all.

— Sophie Cocke

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:15PM HST (21 hours ago)

[PHOTO] Young Republicans For Ron Paul

Husband and wife Mark and Dana Ackerman, who both attend Brigham Young University in Laie, tout hand-made signs in support of their candidate, Ron Paul.

The Ackermans are definitely among the minority in this rural community, where Mitt Romney has gained strong support.

“He supports a sound monetary policy,” Mark Ackerman said of Paul.

“If you listen to the debates, you realize that Ron Paul is the one who really understands what’s going around the world,” Dana Ackerman added.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 7:07PM HST (21 hours ago)
Ewa Beach Has Strong Turnout

There’s a strong early turnout at Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach. About 30 people lined up outside the cafeteria before 6 p.m. and the flow hasn’t dissipated yet.

Three of the first five people I spoke to said they voted for Rick Santorum. One was a recent transplant from Pennsylvania and another a Catholic on her way to church.

Newt Gingrich’s supporter said he’s the most conservative candidate left, and a Romney backer said he’s got business experience and is the most likely to fix the economy.

— Michael Levine

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:58PM HST (21 hours ago)

Report From GOP HQ

As the sun sets behind the Ferrari and Lexus dealerships on Kapiolani Avenue, a few reporters and a couple GOP officials are gathered at Hawaii Republican Party headquarters across the street. Party chair David Chang just walked in.

Meanwhile, Hawaii residents are voting in the state’s first-ever Republican presidential caucuses.

The boxes were overflowing at Mililani, generating a complaint that the Oahu site was running out of ballots, said Andrew Walden, the Hawaii Republican Party presidential caucus chair. He naturally called this a “good problem.” Long lines were also reported at Laie and Makiki, he said.

Hawaii has 17 delegates at stake, (plus three superdelegates) which will be proportionately awarded. Earlier today, Rick Santorum swept Alabama and Mississippi. Rival Republican candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in both races.

Voters can cast ballots in the Hawaii caucuses from 6 to 8 p.m.

— Nathan Eagle

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:56PM HST (22 hours ago)

Long Trek to Vote in Hawaii Kai

Voters make their way up a hill at Kaiser High School to vote in Hawaii Kai.

— Chad Blair

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:52PM HST (22 hours ago)

Kahului Steady But Quiet

KAHULUI, MAUI — A dozen people were waiting outside when poll opened at 6 p.m. Much friendly debate among them on general 2012 topics, talk story style.

Since then, business has been steady at this polling place, Grace Bible Church in Kahului. No one’s waiting outside, but four or five people seem to always be at the table.

Max Saxon, a 51-year-old case manager, says he sees himself more as an independent these days. the main issue for him is the economy.

“If you look at the numbers, Ron Paul has got the only realistic plan to balance the budget,” he says.

— Todd A. Vines

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:50PM HST (22 hours ago)

Ron Paul Fans Get Out the Vote on the Big Island

Ron Paul fans Dennis Spain, 63, and Leif Palmer, 62, of Waimea hold signs alongside the road.

— Tiffany Edwards Hunt

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:49PM HST (22 hours ago)

Quiet at GOP Headquarters

The scene at Hawaii GOP headquarters at 6 p.m. when the caucuses opened was quiet, very quiet.

It seemed like there were more reporters than staffers, with about four journalists, including someone from the Associated Press and somebody else representing The Washington Times there.

  • Nathan Eagle

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:37PM HST (22 hours ago)

Who Did You Vote For?

“I voted for Mitt Romney,” says Marvin Scharosch, 73, a retired Hawaii Kai resident. “I think he’s honest and has the best chance to beat Obama.”

Is he discouraged that his candidate finished third in the two southern primaries held earlier today?

“I’m not discouraged,” Scharosch replied, who added, “I came here to do my civic duty.”

— Chad Blair

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:32PM HST (22 hours ago)

Laie Loves Romney

Laie residents are out in full force at Laie Elementary School. A long line was already snaking around the cafeteria building before 6 p.m.

One woman chanted “Romney, Romney,” as she headed for the line. Blue yard signs in support of Mitt Romney lined a few nearby lawns.

A trio of musicians were set up along the highway in front of the neighborhood movie theater, carrying Romney signs and singing music, encouraging drivers to honk in support.

— Nanea Kalani

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:31PM HST (22 hours ago)

Kahala Caucus Sees Flood Of Voters

More than 80 people crowded Kalani High school in Kahala as the vote opened for the republican caucus.

The majority are senior citizens and appear to be caucasian. Voting is by paper ballot, no speeches. People are greeted by one of five volunteers who help them with the Republican Party membership forms.

— Sophie Cocke

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:25PM HST (22 hours ago)

A Vote for Ron Paul

Kaimuki resident Russell Mcguire, 37, was one of the early birds who lined up to cast his vote at Kalani High School.

He tells Civil Beat why he’s voting Ron Paul for president:

— Sophie Cocke

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 6:23PM HST (22 hours ago)

Lining Up At Ewa Beach GOP Caucus

Eager voters lined up at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach. The polls opened at 6 p.m. sharp.

Similar scene outside Dole Middle School in Kalihi Valley, where there’s a lady in a walker who’s been in line since 5:15 p.m. She’s the first non poll worker to vote. all the poll workers vote first.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 5:57PM HST (23 hours ago)
Where’s Lingle? Finding the Hawaii Kai Caucus

On the drive from Kaimuki to Hawaii Kai, there is only one sign-waver — for Romney.

At Kaiser High School — home of the Cougars — there is no signage to help folks find the polling place. “Do you know where the cafeteria is?” a woman, dragging her son along, asks me. We walk toward the building that most looks like a cafeteria.

A man is taping a sign up on the cafeteria’s exterior that reads “Vote Here.” There are already a handful of people gathering, and they are asked to fill out a Hawaii Republican membership card.

I ask Danita Stonebraker, who is helping to handle polling, whether Gov. Linda Lingle might show up at Kaiser to vote.

“She just might,” says Stonebraker, whose son, Bud is a pastor and former state legislator. “She lives just across the street.”

— Chad Blair

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 5:50PM HST (23 hours ago)

Nation’s Attention Turns To Hawaii GOP Caucuses

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has won the Alabama Republican primary and is projected to win Mississippi. Will he make it a triple by cleaning up in Hawaii, too?

Santorum’s daughter, Liz, is here stumping for her dad. Speaking to supporters on national cable broadcasts he jokingly thanked her for her “sacrifice” in coming to the islands.

Mitt Romney’s son, Matt, and Ron Paul’s son, Ronnie, were also in the state drumming up support for their fathers.

Our caucuses start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Results were expected shortly after the caucuses wind up.

Stick with Civil Beat’s live blog; we’ll be covering the caucuses statewide for the rest of the evening.
Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 4:46PM HST (1 day ago)

No GOP Caucuses for Cayetano

Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano won’t be out at the GOP caucuses tonight trying to drum up Republicans to back his bid in the nonpartisan city race. Cayetano is a solid Democrat, he tells Civil beat’s Michael Levine.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 4:42PM HST (1 day ago)

GOP Caucus in American Samoa Gets International Attention

The fact that Republicans in American Samoa are caucusing in a bar seems to have captivated the media. “What do you get when 50 or so Republicans gather in a restaurant-bar?” an Associated Press story begins. “In American Samoa you get a presidential caucus.”

The territory 2,300 miles south of Hawaii will produce nine delegates for one candidate.

Read the AP story here and a report by GlobalPost here.

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 2:53PM HST (1 day ago)

[VIDEO] Elizabeth Santorum Stumps For Dad in Hawaii

Earlier today, Civil Beat’s Chad Blair caught up with Elizabeth Santorum, who is in Hawaii to help drum up support for her father, Rick, ahead of tonight’s Republican caucuses.

Have a look:

Posted by Civil Beat Staff on 03/13/2012 at 2:53PM HST (1 day ago)