Trump Takes Hawaii
He scores another win in unpredictable caucuses
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2016 1:42 AM CST
Nathan Paikai, a minister who’s leading Trump’s campaign efforts in Hawaii, poses for a photo on Monday in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

(Newser) – Another win for Donald Trump, this time in the state he didn't believe President Obama was born in. The tycoon has won Hawaii's GOP caucuses, adding to his Tuesday night victories in Michigan and Mississippi. With all precincts reporting, Trump has 42.4% of the vote, with Ted Cruz second at 32.7% and Marco Rubio a distant third with 13.1%, per Politico. Hawaii is one of the smallest and most solidly Democratic states, meaning visits from GOP candidates are rare and its caucuses can be very hard to predict. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the state Republican Party was deeply split over Trump's candidacy, though organizers were very pleased with the size of the turnout, which they estimate at around 20,000—more than twice as many as turned out in 2012. Mitt Romney surfed to an easy victory that year.