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Local Supporters Proud Of Obama

Sen. Barack Obama Sen. Barack Obama
Carol Iacovelli Carol Iacovelli
Andy Winer Andy Winer

By Walter Makaula

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Local supporters of Barack Obama couldn't be happier. As he inched closer to clinching the democratic party nomination for President, people across town couldn't contain their excitement.

"I hope he wins," said Robert Blair of Waikiki.

He and his buddy Harold Sapungay of Kapolei get the news of Obama's pending nomination as they wash their cars at McKinley Carwash in Honolulu.

As each new delegate casts their support in favor of the Hawaii born presidential candidate, his popularity continues to soar.

"I'm a big Obama fan," said Carole Iacovelli of Kailua. "I'm really hoping that he's going to win it." She added, "I'm actually really confident that he will and I think it's going to happen."

Iacovelli recently retired from teaching at Punahou. She met him when he spoke to her students.

"I said these are the students who are going to interview you, would you like to say a few words to them, and i thought he would make a short speech or something, but he didn't." She added, "He started walking around the room and talking to each kid... So he just connected with people as individuals. She said, "I was very impressed by that."

The "Hawaii for Obama" organization agreed, but said first thing's first.

"It's now time for us to unify and come together, " said Andy Winer the groups representative. "We've got a hard fought primary season and now it's time to focus our attention on John McCain."

Winer said, Obama's next important task will be choosing his running mate.

"I think certainly, Hillary Clinton has earned the right to be considered, " he added. "I think that Barack will be looking at her and a number of other candidates as well."

Many feel, together the two will be unbeatable in the general election.

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