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Challenges at the Hawaii Caucuses
By Tammy Mori

THIS IS A SNIP:

Thousands of hawaii voters flooded tonight's caucuses.

Organizers were overwhelmed by the tremendous turn out- and so were their resources.

There wasn't enough ballots, parking spots, or volunteers to accommodate all the voters that showed up.

Two hours before voting time- there were people lined outside of Kawananakoa Middle school.

"This is unbelievable. I've never seen so many people," says Terry Hunt, a volunteer with the Obama Campaign.

Because the race between Clinton and Obama is so close, they were determined to make their vote count.

Thanks Hawai'i, from Illinois.  From one adopted home state to his home state!

"She's 88 years old and happy alive today to come. This is her first caucus ever," says Sabrina Montgomery, about her mother.

But as the night wore on, so did people's patience.

"It looks like there is no parking," says Marilyn Schank, a driver.

"You should see the lines outside of Kawananakoa, it's just crazy," says Representative Sylvia Luke, who showed up to vote.

When the doors opened to the cafeteria, there's only one word to describe what happened next...

"Oh, this is so chaotic," smiles a voter.

INITIAL RESULTS FROM 26 PRECINCTSINITIAL RESULTS FROM 26 PRECINCTS

666 CLINTON
2258 OBAMA
2 EDWARDS
12 KUCINICH
4 UNCOMMITTED
**LESS THAN 10-PERCENT OF THE PRECINCTS VOTES...

26 precincts

UPDATE:

5436 OBAMA
1875 CLINTON

Precinct results coming in faster  
**Preliminary partial results of the Hawai'i Presidential Preference Poll :

With about 40% of Congressional District One reporting, ballots cast in the district are reported as follows:
 
Barack Obama 4,302
Hillary Clinton  1,542
Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards received votes falling far short of the 15% required to be allocated a delegate.

With about 20% of Congressional district Two reporting, ballots cast in the district are reported as follows:

Barack Obama 1,134
Hillary Clinton 333
Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards received votes falling far short of the 15% required to be allocated a delegate.

Notice:  The next preliminary partial result will be posted shortly after the live announcement at 11:00 p.m. HST**

Originally posted to CupofTea on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 11:42 PM PST.

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  •  Okay it's main page now. n/t (5+ / 0-)

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 11:46:35 PM PST

  •  More News (0+ / 0-)

    UPDATED 2/19/08 at 7:18 PM - Caucus locations on Oahu are overwhelmed with historic turnout.  From an unofficial count of stickers and T-shirts - it's Obama by a landslide.

    http://www.hawaiiforobama.org/

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 11:55:40 PM PST

  •  Also here (0+ / 0-)

    Obama Leads Strongly In Hawaii Caucus

    Updated: Feb 20, 2008 02:00 AM CST

    HONOLULU (KHNL) - THE LATE-BREAKING RESULTS SO FAR OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

    WITH 10-PERCENT  OF PRECINCTS REPORTING

    BARACK OBAMA 2258 -- 77%

    HILLARY CLINTON 666 -- 23%

    DENNIS KUCINICH 12 -- 0%

    JOHN EDWARDS 2  -- 0%

    http://www.khnl.com/...

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:03:24 AM PST

  •  Niki niki hoi (0+ / 0-)

    take us to tiki heaven

    ;)

    John McCain - Like W. Only Older.

    by InsultComicDog on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:04:45 AM PST

  •  Keepin ya posted (3+ / 0-)

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/...

    Obama 77%, Clinton 23% in early Hawaii returns
     
    U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye and his fiancee Irene Hirano were among the hundreds of voters in line at Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki.

    GREGORY YAMAMOTO | The Honolulu Advertiser

    Richard Post points out directions as people at Jefferson Elementary School register to become Democrats.

    Long lines snaked around the cafeteria of Jefferson Elementary School as voters waited for their turn at the polls.

    The Hawai'i Democratic caucus is expected to draw a record number of voters tonight.
     
    Sen. Barack Obama won 2,258 votes, or 77 percent, to Sen. Hillary Clinton's 666 votes, or 23 percent, with 26 of 347 precincts reporting, Hawai'i Democratic party officials announced just before 9:30 p.m. There were long lines and some confusion as many people trying to vote in tonight's Democratic Party caucus had to follow a three-step process: verify that they were registered to vote, fill out blue cards to register for the Democratic Party, and then sign in for the caucus.

    Volunteers at Manoa Elementary School's cafeteria caucus site ran out of ballots at 7 p.m. as more than 3,200 stood in a line that wrapped around the outdoor blacktop and playground area.

    The volunteers quickly ran off to photocopy more ballots, which then had to be cut up.

    Koko Head Elementary School's caucus site ran out of blue Democratic Party registration cards around 7 p.m.

    At Kailua District Park, more than 1,000 people stood in two separate lines that snaked around the pool, gym and baseball fields.

    Only four volunteers staffed tables at the entrance as others passed out blue Democratic Party cards.

    At Kawananakoa Middle School cafeteria's caucus site, overwhelmed volunteers had to open up the school's auditorium to handle the overflow crowd of 1,200 people.

    Patrick Stanley, the caucus site's coordinator, said he did not expect voting to end until 10 p.m.

    "This is twice as bad as we thought it was going to be," Stanley said.

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:12:18 AM PST

  •  More (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    humphrey, exmearden, dolphin777

    http://starbulletin.com/...

    Hawaii's Democratic caucus attracted record numbers of voters this evening, with overwhelmed sites running out of ballots and registration forms.
    The large turnout swamped precinct volunteers throuought the islands. Even the caucus site at Kapaa Neighborhood Center on Kauai saw close to 1,000 voters, eager to vote for Hawaii-born Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    By comparison, about 4,000 voters cast a ballot in the 2004 caucus for the entire state.

    Caucus sites at Farrington High School and Koko Head Elementary were busy but orderly. However, voters at many other sites on Oahu reported numerous problems, including confusing instructions, a shortage of ballots and overcrowded rooms. One would-be vote at kawananakoa Middle School said he and his wife turned around after being unable to find a parking space and seeing police ticket illegally parked cars near the school.

    Democratic Party officials promised partial results by about 9:15 p.m. this evening.

    They were expecting a record turnout to exceed 10,000 voters, but by 8 p.m. it was clear that the official number would likely be much higher.

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:14:34 AM PST

  •  Verified (0+ / 0-)

    http://kgmb9.com/...

    Clinton - 1,875
    Obama - 5,436

    Stay with KGMB9 News and KGMB9.com for the latest on results.

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:27:33 AM PST

  •  Verified again. (0+ / 0-)

    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/...

    Hawaii Democratic Caucus Results    
    Candidate Votes %
    Barack Obama  5,436 74%
    Hillary Clinton  1,875 25%
    Dennis Kucinich  26 0%
    Uncommitted  20 0%
    John Edwards  12 0%
    Key:  Winner
    Precincts: 26% | Updated: 3:38 AM ET | Source: AP  

    truth, kindness, endurance, Obama '08

    by CupofTea on Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 12:39:33 AM PST

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