Donald Trump better enjoy a mai tai while busting out in a hula dance because he won the Hawaiian Republican caucus. After winning the primaries in both Michigan and Mississippi on March 8, Trump finished his big night with a victory in paradise!
Hawaii is the 50th state, but it’s No. 1 in the heart of Donald Trump, 69. The GOP voters in land of poi, surfing and King Kamehameha have thrown their support behind the former Celebrity Apprentice star, giving him the win over Ted Cruz, 45.
For the Republican voters of The Islands of Aloha, the choice for the March 8 caucus was clear: they want Trump! Donald might want to take a trip to paradise and soak up the rays while basking in the glory of this victory. He could even stay at the Trump International Hotel in Waikiki.
Donald took home 42.4% of the vote, according to the New York Times, which earned him 10 delegates. Ted came in second with 32.7%, and while he wasn’t able to topple Trump, Ted will surf away with 6 Hawaiian delegates. Sadly, Marco Rubio, 44, and John Kasich, 63, both finished under 15%, so they get nothing! This was the last of three major March 8 victories for Donald, as he also won the primaries in Michigan and Mississippi. It wasn’t a complete blowout, as Ted won Idaho.
Ahead of the vote, Hawaii’s republican voters were deeply divided over Trump. The state is nearly 50 percent Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, according to NBC News, and they might not be too keen on nominating a man who has used derogatory language when it came to Asians and other immigrants.
“I will be surprised in November if Donald Trump is our nominee,” state Rep. Beth Fukumoto, 32, told NBC News. The leader of the Hawaii House of Representatives Republican caucus said, “He might win our presidential caucus, but I don’t see him winning the general.”
I employ many people in Hawaii at my great hotel in Honolulu. I’ll be there very soon. Vote for me, Hawaii!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2016
However, some of Hawaii’s GOP voters can’t get enough of The Donald. “Love him or hate him,” state Sen. Sam Slom, 73, said, “if you look across the nation in the primaries thus far, the Republican vote is up tremendously and the Democrat vote is down significantly.”
Trump went into the vote as the leader, having scored impressive wins in Louisiana and Kentucky. However, Ted took the Maine caucus and took Kansas by a landslide. Could Trump’s lock on the nomination be loosening? Or will Donald just go ahead and trump all his rivals?
What do you think about the Hawaiian results, HollywoodLifers?