Hawaii Expects Record Turnout

Obama's sis stumps for native son; Chelsea campaigns for mom
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 8:51 AM CST
Maya Setoro-Ng, sister of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, greets Danielle Bass, of Mililani, Hawaii , a volunteer at the Obama Volunteer Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday, Feb. 13,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It's caucus day in the Aloha state, and Hawaiian election officials are expecting a record turnout, writes the Honolulu Advertiser—due in part to interest in native son Barack Obama, as well as the competitiveness of the race for the nomination. Neither candidate left wintry Wisconsin, which also votes today, but Obama's sister and Chelsea Clinton made the rounds in their steads.

Obama's sister, history teacher Maya Soetoro-Ng, led a rally for the candidate, whom she said "helped me to be a better version of myself." Chelsea Clinton, meanwhile, wrapped up a three-day tour, where she was joined by Sen. Daniel Inouye. But Clinton acknowledged that Obama's ties to Hawaii are important, and her campaign does not expect to win the state. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)