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Trump Takes Hawaii: Rare Caucus, Closed Party Win


Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump won decisively in Hawaii on Tuesday night. It marked a rare win for Trump in a caucus state, and in a “closed party” state where participation was limited to registered Republicans.

With 53% of the state’s precincts reporting as of 3 a.m. ET Wednesday morning, Trump had 45.7% of the vote to Ted Cruz’s 31.3%. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) won 11.8% of the vote, and Ohio governor John Kasich won 9.9%.


Rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has typically won in caucus and closed party states, where he has used organizational strength and support from conservative Republicans to prevail. He won the Idaho caucus on Tuesday decisively, for example, while Trump notched large victories in Michigan and in Mississippi earlier in the evening.

Rubio had a poor showing all around, failing to meet the threshold for delegates in three out of the four states and winning no delegates in Hawaii, either (Hawaii has no threshold). Kasich sounded an optimistic note, promising to win his home state of Ohio next week.

Through Tuesday, however, only Trump and Cruz have significant victories in almost every region of the nation.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new e-book, Leadership Secrets of the Kings and Prophets: What the Bible’s Struggles Teach Us About Today, is on sale through Amazon Kindle Direct. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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