Hawaii Republicans hoping to see higher turnout in upcoming caucus

Hawaii Republicans hoping to see higher turnout in upcoming caucus
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Super Tuesday, Republican voters in 12 states came to the polls in record numbers. Hawaii Republicans are hoping to channel that energy next Tuesday for the Hawaii caucus.

"As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day," said Hawaii Republican Party Chairman Fritz Rohlfing. "We need to be incrementally moving forward and strengthening our party."

In a predominantly Democratic state, Rohlfing isn't expecting a miracle, but thinks his party can gain traction this nailbiter of an election season.

"It means more people involved. It means more support for our candidates and more candidates running," he said.

The caucuses will be held at 45 locations across the state on March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Unlike caucuses in other staets, which can be long and laborious, Hawaii's is quite simple.

"There's just one ballot, and it's for one office, and it's president of the United States," Rohlfing said.

So who will Hawaii's Republicans vote for? Hawaii News Now political analyst Colin Moore says front-runner Donald Trump might do better in the islands than expected for a fairly moderate blue state.

"Some people have said Trump might not do so well in Hawaii. I'm not so sure that's true," he said. "I think there's a lot of energy around his campaign. He's clearly done well in very, very blue states. His best state last night was Massachusetts."

Moore says Super Tuesday showed Trump can win anywhere, after saying anything.

"His support is so broad. He won in the north, he won in the south."

For the complete list of locations for the Republican caucus, click here.

Hawaii's Democratic caucus is set for March 26 at 1 p.m.

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