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Sanders Wins Hawai’i Presidential Preference Poll

March 26, 2016, 11:48 PM HST
* Updated March 26, 11:52 PM
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Bernie Sanders campaign photo.

Bernie Sanders campaign photo.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders completed his sweep of Saturday’s Democratic primaries with a win in Hawai’i’s Presidential Preference Poll.

Sanders received 70 percent of the 33,716 votes cast, totaling 23,530 votes received. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 30 percent of votes, or 10,125 votes.

California businessman Roque De La Fuente received 12 votes, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley brought in six votes. O’Malley dropped out of the race earlier this year.

Forty-three ballots did not select a candidate.

“I want to thank the people of Hawai’i for their strong support and for turning out in huge numbers for Saturday’s caucuses,” Sen. Sanders said in a statement. “Nobody should have any doubt that this campaign has extraordinary momentum and that we have a path toward victory. In state after state, our grassroots effort has taken on the entire political establishment. We have taken on the senators and the governors and the mayors and the members of Congress. Our political revolution is the best chance we have to keep Donald Trump or any other Republican out of the White House.”

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Based on the results, 17 of the party’s delegates will end up going to Sanders, while Clinton will receive eight.

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“These results are amazing. Bernie Sanders’ big win in Hawai’i is to his credit, but also to the credit of all the incredible grassroots volunteers who have worked so hard to turn out the vote today,” said U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who publicly supported Sanders. “Bernie Sanders had very little name recognition in Hawai’i compared to Hillary Clinton. She had the endorsement of nearly all of Hawai’i’s former Governors, former Members of Congress, and the other three members of our congressional delegation. It was so inspiring to see how people came out all across the state to vote today, on every island, and made sure their voices were heard. We stood together and sent a message that we want to bring our government back into the hands of the people, and that we must end the costly interventionist wars we’ve been engaging in for the past fifteen years, and focus on investing in our own communities and rebuilding our own nation.”

According to the Democratic party, a total of 34 delegates will be split between the candidates. The delegates will help decide the Democratic nominee for President in the upcoming election.

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