HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The countdown is on for Tuesday's Republican caucus in Hawaii and excitement is building for voters in the 50th state.
On Monday, Hawaii's Republican Party hosted a "Countdown to Caucus" event at its headquarters off Kapiolani Boulevard. Campaign teams set up informational tables to connect with Hawaii voters.
"I came here to see what I can do to support Marco Rubio," said Hawaii resident Marion Kaneshiro.
Others showed up simply to learn more about each presidential candidate.
"I just want someone who is honest and works for our country's benefit, America's benefit," said Hawaii resident Theone Vredenburg. "(Someone) who presents themselves well to the rest of the world because they will represent America."
The event's momentum picked up once former U.S. senator Rick Santorum arrived. The two-time presidential candidate dropped out of the race in February and threw his support behind Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
"I think Marco Rubio sending me to Hawaii shows his respect for the state and how important the state is for him," Santorum said.
19 delegates are up for grabs and will be awarded proportionally. Republican leaders are predicting a much higher turnout for Tuesday's GOP presidential caucuses, compared to four years ago.
"This election is like no other and even though Hawaii is geographically isolated I don't think we are ever politically isolated and this year, above all, I don't think there will be anybody left behind," said Marilia Duffles, co-chair of Hawaii Leadership Team for Kasich.
The polls will be open Tuesday, March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 45 locations across the state.
Hawaii's Democratic Caucus is March 26.