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Trump Triumphant In Hawaii Republican Caucus

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 9/03/2016 Chris D'Angelo
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won Tuesday's Hawaii GOP caucus.

With 19 delegates, Hawaii is the third-smallest Republican contest in the country, behind Vermont and Delaware, which each have 16 delegates, and is considered one of the bluest states in the country.

In addition to the four current Republican candidates, race dropouts Jeb Bush and Ben Carson also appeared on Hawaii's ballot Tuesday.

Just two days ago, Sen. Sam Slom -- the lone Republican serving in the Hawaii state Senate -- called on Hawaii Republicans to support Ted Cruz. 

"After eight long years of Barack Obama’s failed policies, I want someone in the White House who respects the presidency, who respects the American people, and who respects the U.S. Constitution," Slom said in a statement. "Ted Cruz will excel on all those points and more."

In an open letter on Monday, former Hawaii Congressman Charles Djou, also a Republican, endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich and urged voters not to support Trump, who Djou said has built his campaign around ugliness and anger.

"Mr. Trump uses offensive bullying centered on insults directed at war heroes like John McCain, comfort with white supremacists, and pushing an unparalleled level of immature vitriol into our nation’s public discourse," Djou wrote. "Mr. Trump’s pompous bluster isn’t a sign of tell-it-like-it-is character, but of selfish immaturity unworthy of leading the greatest nation on earth."

None of the Republican candidates visited Hawaii in advance of Tuesday's caucus. 

Hawaii Democrats will cast their vote during a "Presidential Preference Poll" March 26.

Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynistbirther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S. 

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