- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The latest on Hawaii’s Democratic caucuses, where voters across the islands decided between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton for president. All times local.

9:55 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Hawaii Democratic presidential caucus.

Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Saturday’s nominating process.

There are 35 Democratic delegates at stake in Hawaii. Saturday’s election impacts how 25 of those delegates vote. The remaining 10 delegates can choose who they want to be the Democratic nominee during the national convention this summer.

Voters cast ballots at libraries, schools and community centers on the day before Easter.

Many of Hawaii’s Democratic leaders had supported Clinton. But U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard left her post as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to support Sanders. Gabbard, a war veteran, says she trusts Sanders to consider the consequences of military action.

Sanders’ campaign has focused on inequality and fair wages.


8 p.m.

Officials from the Democratic Party of Hawaii say they’re still counting votes cast in the state’s Democratic presidential caucus.

They say they’re not expecting to release results before 8:30 p.m.

Some voters were frustrated with long lines and confusing instructions at the polls. They say the party should have been more organized.

Party Chairwoman Stephanie Ohigashi says the polling station where she voted on Maui was organized. She says there were unexpected massive crows at some locations on Oahu, which may have contributed to the problem.

Ohigashi says thousands of new members joined the party before the caucus. She says many had lived through internment camps or came to Hawaii as immigrants, and they didn’t want what she called the “Donald Trump rhetoric of fear” to come to pass.


2 p.m.

About an hour after caucusing began at Aliiolani Elementary School in Honolulu, dozens are still lined up outside the polling place waiting for their chance to vote.

Voter Anthony Aalto, a 60 year old filmmaker, says the party should have been more organized.

One voter who showed up an hour early is near the end of the line, and says he’s disappointed with the level of disorganization.


1:15 p.m.

Voting is beginning a few minutes late at Aliiolani Elementary School in Honolulu in the Hawaii Democratic presidential caucus.

Organizers are checking people in and handing out ballots to people inside the packed cafeteria.

A caucus organizer says they’ve been signing up new party members. Many have filled out forms to join the party.

Some voters say they’re voting today because they’re worried about what would happen if any of the Republican candidates are elected.


12:10 p.m.

At Aliiolani Elementary School in Honolulu, ‘Hillary’ signs adorn the walls inside and outside the polling place.

Some Sanders supporters say they’re surprised to find out the caucus rules allow campaigning on-site.

They’re putting up Sanders signs as fast as they can.

A caucus organizer says the campaigns brought their own signs, and that’s allowed.

As people gathered inside the school cafeteria waiting to vote, someone announced “Bernie won Alaska,” prompting cheers from around the room.

11 a.m.

Polling places on Oahu have opened their doors for Democrats to register with the party and get in line to vote in the presidential caucus. Neighbor islands were scheduled to open slightly later than on Oahu, the most populated island in the chain.

Voting happens at 1 p.m. across the state.


10:10 a.m.

At polling stations across the Hawaiian Islands Democrats are preparing to vote in their party’s presidential caucus.

The election, organized and paid for by the Democratic Party of Hawaii, will impact how 25 of the state’s 35 delegates will vote at the Democratic National Convention. Those 25 delegates’ votes will be assigned based on the percentage of the vote candidates received in Saturday’s caucus. The state’s remaining 10 delegates are superdelegates, who are select party leaders and elected officials who can choose whoever they want at the national convention in July.

Polling places open at 11 a.m. for people to register. Voting happens at 1 p.m.


This story has been corrected to show the correct spelling of Hillary Clinton’s name.

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