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Hawaii Obama Supporters Build Momentum

Chuck Freedman Chuck Freedman
Maya Soetoro-Ng Maya Soetoro-Ng
Lynn McGovern Lynn McGovern

By Mari-Ela David

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The competition remains tight between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as the nation decides whether to put the first woman or first African-American as the front runner in this historic presidential race.

The rivalry between Clinton and Obama ended with no clear winner on Super Tuesday, and that has Obama supporters in Hawaii working extra hard to give him the edge he needs.

Obama supporters spent Super Tuesday building momentum for the Illinois Senator at Ryan's Grill at Ward Center in Kakaako. Obama is neck-to-neck with the former First Lady in their battle for delegates.

"Usually, by the time we vote, it doesn't matter anymore. This time, not only is it going to matter, but the person we're going to vote for in Hawaii comes from here and by golly that's news," said Obama Campaign volunteer Chuck Freedman.

Clinton has snatched more delegates than Obama, but the count isn't wide enough to declare a full on victory, which means, Hawaii's vote will hold more weight than usual in the presidential race.

"I'm incredibly proud, I don't know what to say beyond that except that I'm excited," said Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Soetoro-Ng is helping ramp up support for her Hawaii-born brother, whose roots give him a political edge on the islands.

"He's a shoe in here, I mean he's a Punahou graduate. He's a shoe in here," said Lynn McGovern, a volunteer for the Obama campaign.

"Hawaii is a small place and it's very hard sometimes for our issues and our concerns (to be heard) at the national level and this is a no-brainer," said Obama campaign volunteer Amy Agbayani.

Whether their support is strong enough to help Obama win remains to be seen at the Hawaii Democratic Caucus, which takes place February 19th.

Obama supporters plan to launch get-out-and-vote campaigns leading up to that day.

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