My home state of Hawaii is as blue as the Pacific Ocean. By that, I mean that the Democratic Party fares incredibly well here. In addition to the state’s already strong support for the Democrats, there is also the encouraging fact that President Obama was born and raised in Hawaii. However, Hawaii still has its share of card-carrying Republicans, and just yesterday, they were able to express their views in Hawaii’s Republican caucuses.
This is the first time that Hawaii is holding a Republican caucus, and although the Republican presidential candidates weren’t able to make personal appearances in Hawaii, their family members did come here to campaign before the caucuses. Mitt Romney sent out his son Matt, Ron Paul sent out his son Ronnie, and Rick Santorum sent out his daughter Elizabeth (no relative was present from the Gingrich campaign). Each family member has been working to help win the majority of the 17 delegates from Hawaii for their respective candidates.
See this video segment from Hawaii news station KITV4 on the Republican caucuses:http://www.kitv.com/video/30664694/detail.html
Overall, I’ve found the Republican caucuses in Hawaii to be an interesting experience. Up until this point, I have enjoyed following the news about the Republican caucuses in other states, but no matter what, I felt a sense of distance between myself and the elections. The Hawaii caucuses have allowed me to get a more personal sense of the presidential candidate nomination process. Although Hawaii may be a small state, its residents (myself included) are just as interested in the political process as those of larger states, and I think it’s great for Hawaii to create more opportunities for its residents to participate in politics. In the end, these opportunities will allow Hawaii residents of all political parties to learn more about the American democratic process.
- http://www.kitv.com/slideshow/politics/30673656/detail.html (Photos)