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The 2016 Hawaii Democratic presidential caucuses were held on March 26 in the U.S. state of
Hawaii Hawaii ( ; haw, Hawaii or ) is a U.S. state in the Western United States, in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the U.S. mainland. It is the only state outside North America, the only island state, and the only state in ...
as one of the Democratic Party's statewide nomination contests ahead of the 2016 presidential election. While the State of Hawaii's primary for the 2016 Senate and United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2016, House elections are scheduled to be held only on August 13, both the Democratic Party (United States), Democratic Party and the Republican Party (United States), Republican Party opted out to hold their own caucuses. With the Hawaii Republican caucuses, 2016, Republican caucus having taken place earlier in March, the Republican Party did not hold any caucuses on March 26, while the Democratic Party held concurrent caucuses in Alaska Democratic caucuses, 2016, Alaska and in Washington (state) Democratic caucuses, 2016, Washington state.


Presidential Preference Poll

The Democratic Presidential Preference Poll (PPP) was a separate event from the caucus although held on the same day as the caucus. Voters needed to show that they were registered Democrats (they could register on the day of voting) and that they lived in the precinct where they voted (a driver's license or an electric bill was sufficient). Once these conditions were met, they were handed a paper ballot to fill in and deposit in the ballot box. When there were no more voters, the PPP was closed. The precinct officers publicly hand counted the ballots, recorded them, then sealed them in an envelope that was delivered to the District Officers, then to the County Officers, and finally the State Office where they were counted again. The Results displayed here are from the PPP. The caucus was held immediately after these events but had no role in selection of the Presidential delegates.


Results


Analysis

Sanders received one of his largest wins in Hawaii, carrying all four counties and every island in the state. He was aided by his high-profile endorsement from Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who ran ads for Sanders encouraging people to caucus for him. Sanders' worst performance was in Oahu which contains the capital city of Honolulu, where he received 63% of the vote. Sanders's victory in Hawaii showed that he could win in a state with a majority non-white electorate. Sanders had had poor results in states with large African-American and Latino populations up until this point of the campaign. At a rally in Wisconsin on March 26, Sanders told supporters "We knew from day one that politically we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South, but we knew things were going to improve when we headed west."


References

{{2016 Democratic primaries 2016 United States Democratic presidential primaries by state, Hawaii 2016 Hawaii elections, Democratic primary Hawaii Democratic caucuses, 2016