2016 Hawaii Democratic presidential caucuses

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The 2016 Hawaii Democratic presidential caucuses were held on March 26 in the U.S. state of Hawaii as one of the Democratic Party's statewide nomination contests ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

2016 Hawaii Democratic presidential caucuses

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Candidate Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton
Home state Vermont New York
Popular vote 23,530 10,125
Percentage 69.8% 30.0%

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Election results by county.
  Bernie Sanders

While the State of Hawaii's primary for the 2016 Senate and House elections are scheduled to be held only on August 13,[1] both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party opted out to hold their own caucuses. With the 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 and in Washington state.

Presidential Preference PollEdit

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.


Hawaiian delegation participates in the roll call vote at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

e • d 2016 Democratic Party's presidential nominating process in Hawaii
– Summary of results –
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Bernie Sanders 23,530 69.8% 17 2 19
Hillary Clinton 10,125 30.0% 8 5 13
Rocky De La Fuente 12 0.0%
Martin O'Malley (withdrawn) 6 0.0%
Uncommitted 43 0.1% 0 2 2
Total 33,716 100% 25 9 34
Source: The Green Papers


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.[2] 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.[3]

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."[4]


  1. ^ "Proclamation" (PDF). State of Hawaii Office of Elections. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Western caucuses primed for Sanders". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ "Bernie Sanders just won landslides in 3 diverse states. He's still toast". Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  4. ^ Chozick, Amy (2016-03-26). "Bernie Sanders Seizes 3 States, Sweeping Democratic Contests". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-07.