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Sen. Bernie Sanders picks up superdelegate vote in Hawaii

Bernie Sanders (Image: AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File) Bernie Sanders (Image: AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has picked up a superdelegate vote in Hawaii.

The state Democratic Party has elected Sanders supporter Tim Vandeveer to serve as party chairman.

Vandeveer said Tuesday he plans to vote for Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in July. He says Sanders is better for Hawaii because he wants to close the gap between the wealthy and the working poor.

Sanders took 70 percent of the vote in Hawaii's Democratic caucus in March, while Clinton captured 30 percent.

Hawaii will send 35 delegates to the national convention to choose the party's presidential candidate. Twenty-five of Hawaii's delegates will be allocated based the caucus vote, while 10 superdelegates will get to vote however they choose.

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination. Clinton has 2,312 while Sanders has 1,545.

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