Clinton, Sanders campaigns spent upwards of $200K on local ads

Hawaii Democrats push for their candidates before the Preference Poll
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Democrats are fired up for their presidential preference poll on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are competing for 34 delegates in the Aloha state, although only 25 will be decided by the voters. The other nine are determined by state party leaders, or super delegates, and most of them are backing the former secretary of state.

At The Republik nightclub Friday, millennials gathered to rally for Sanders.

"We're just building up the energy, getting all the Bernie people together for one last big hurrah then letting them know to show up come out tomorrow," said Cameron Sato with Students for Bernie Sanders.

But it's not just the rank and file.

The day before heading to the polls, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard released a new TV ad showing her support for Sanders. It's part of a flood of political ads in Hawaii this season.

Hawaii News Now has learned the Clinton and Sanders campaigns have collectively spent upwards of $200,000 buying media spots in the islands.

Then there's the grassroots effort. At Clinton headquarters on King Street, volunteers have been working the phones and laptops.

"Folks are excited," said Nam Le, political director for Hillary for Hawaii campaign. "They're talking to their neighbors, friends, their co-workers our goal is to turn out a democratic base."

Currently, Clinton needs nearly 700 more delegates to win the nomination. Sanders needs about twice that number.

Former Hawaii Governor John Waihee said he will be casting his ballot for Clinton.

"It didn't matter whether she was first lady, whether she was a senator in New York or whether she was secretary of state, she has always been an important part of doing things for Hawaii," Waihee said.

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