How Many Delegates Does Hawaii Have? Bernie Sanders Needs To Do Well In The Aloha State
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are facing off on Saturday in three state caucuses: Hawaii, Washington, and Alaska. The two remaining Democratic presidential candidates are vying for 142 delegates total. How many delegates does Hawaii have to offer Clinton and Sanders? The Aloha State has the second-largest number of delegates to dole out to the two Democrats on Saturday, though the number is still pretty low when compared to the rest of primary and caucus season.
Hawaii has 25 Democratic delegates total — only slightly more than Alaska, which is offering 16 Democratic delegates. Washington offers the most delegates on Saturday, with 101 up for grabs.
Hawaii is not a winner-take-all caucus, which means Sanders and Clinton both stand a chance of winning delegates. But it's Sanders who needs to make an impression there: He heads into Saturday's presidential contests trailing Clinton by nearly 300 delegates. Sanders currently has 952 pledged delegates, while Clinton has already secured 1,229 delegates. In order to claim the Democratic nomination, a candidate needs at least 2,383 delegates.
According to CNN, Sanders needs to win 75 percent of the remaining Democratic delegates to stay on track to clinch the nomination. Clinton just needs to obtain 35 percent of the remaining delegates.
The Sanders campaign has been pushing hard in Hawaii, where the Vermont senator recently received a high-profile endorsement. Just days before the Hawaii caucus, the Sanders campaign released a TV ad featuring Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who resigned as an official in the Democratic National Convention to support Sanders. A highly popular politician in Hawaii, Gabbard is one of the first female combat veterans to serve in Congress.
The ad plays upon Gabbard's veteran status. Called "The Cost of War," the ad features a monologue by Gabbard, who reflects on her 12-month tour in Iraq and the effects it has had on her and her fellow veterans.
"These are people and friends who we never forget, and who we strive to honor," Gabbard said in the ad. "Bernie Sanders voted against the Iraq War. He understands the cost of war, that cost is continued when our vets come home."
She adds that the American people "are looking for real change. What I saw in Bernie was a heart of aloha."
Does Sanders have high popularity in Hawaii? These political endorsements, it seems, are serving him well. Along with Gabbard, Rep. Kaniela Ing, a young and popular member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, threw his weight behind Sanders this week, invigorating the people of the Aloha State. Ing posted his own campaign video for Sanders on his personal YouTube account on Tuesday.