Hawaii GOP caucus winner may change as party hand-counts remaining ballots

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The Hawaii Republican Party is still counting ballots after Tuesday night’s GOP caucus.

A total of 19 delegates is up for grabs in Hawaii. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump was declared the winner with 10 delegates, according to the Associated Press. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in second with six delegates.

But party officials said Wednesday those aren’t the final numbers.


Updated on March 11: Party officials have released the final delegate count. Get the full update here.


Thousands turned out for the two-hour window to vote for a Republican nominee.

In 2012, 10,000 Republicans voted in the Hawaii caucus. On Tuesday night, 15,000 cast their ballots, marking a 50-percent increase.

“We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people saying, ‘You know, I usually vote Democrat, but I want to vote Republican, how can I do that?'” said Hawaii Republican Party executive director Marcia Tagavilla.

But there were a few hiccups.

“Some people sent complaints if they felt they waited too long to the state elections office, and they forwarded it to us,” said Hawaii GOP chair Fritz Rohlfing.

Hawaii’s Democratic preference poll takes place on Saturday, March 26, at 1 p.m. Click here for more information.

We’re told the average wait time to vote was an hour.

“The main challenge is we have to make sure everyone is a registered voter. If they weren’t, they needed to register on the site. That’s what holds things up. We want to make sure everyone is a legal voter,” Rohlfing explained.

Rohlfing said the amount of voters who registered last night was in the hundreds.

Out of the 15,000 ballots cast, 2,000 were provisional ballots. The provisional ballot allows voters to vote at a different district, in a location most convenient for them.

Volunteers will now spend the next two days counting those provisional ballots by hand.

“Trump is leading. Does that mean that could possibly change once all the ballots are in?” KHON2 asked.

“It is possible. We’ll see that. He was up around 42, 43 percent,” Rohlfing responded.

Each presidential campaign is monitoring the ballot count, and “we’re hoping to get an answer to you by Friday if there are no protests,” said Tagavilla.

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