HONOLULU, November 6, 2015 – With all the talk of important presidential primary stops, candidates are missing a major opportunity by skipping Hawaii.
Hawaii is the place where candidates should go to seek support in the Republican nomination for President. Yet most are ignoring this state altogether. Currently, Jeb Bush is the only candidate who has registered for the Hawaii Caucus to be held March 18, 2016, and Ben Carson is the only candidate who has active supporters here in Hawaii.
Why haven’t the rest of the candidates taken an interest in winning Hawaii’s backing for the GOP nomination?
Yes, Hawaii is a “blue” state and has been dominated by the Democrats for the past 60 years. However, this does not mean that a Republican Candidate will not find support in the state. It may just be quite the opposite.
Roughly 25% of the population in Hawaii actually vote. To break it down, 50% of the people living in Hawaii are registered to vote, while only 50% of those registered actually turn out to vote. The low voter turnout could be attributed to many issues, but one likely reason is that they have lacked any reason to vote. In other words, they may not have found a candidate who they can get fired up enough about to cast a ballot.
This leaves the door wide open to Republican candidates to excite and motivate the state of Hawaii to turn “red”. However, this cannot be achieved unless the residents of Hawaii see that Republican candidates are willing to put effort into garnering our support.
It is also important to point out that Hawaii is no longer “winner take all” when it comes to the GOP Presidential Caucus. It is proportional in delegate division. This gives the GOP Presidential Primary Candidates the opportunity to win delegates in Hawaii. Hawaii will be sending a total of 16 delegates to the GOP National Convention (July 18-21, 2016 in Cleveland Ohio), making Hawaii a great place to seek support.
Hawaii is looking for GOP candidates to get involved. They should take the opportunity to call into local radio programs, visit Hawaii’s morning shows, or even show up for a rally. Hawaii even has a Trump property, so no excuses for a place to stay.
All jokes aside, there are many active Republicans in Hawaii who deserve the opportunity to get to know the candidates better. There is also a great opportunity for GOP candidates to gain support in the Aloha State by using their personalities to fire up apathetic voters.
Click here for more information about the Hawaii Republican Party.
Please register for our caucus and be active in earning Hawaii’s support for your nomination.