Romney says mahalo for Hawaii victory
March 14th, 2012
12:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney says mahalo for Hawaii victory

(CNN) - While he may have lost two big primaries in the South, Mitt Romney's campaign touted his Tuesday win in Hawaii's caucuses.

"From one end of America to the other, the voters have spoken," the candidate said in a statement released by his campaign Wednesday. "And what they have said is that they want to send a conservative businessman to the White House."

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Hawaii, with 17 delegates at stake, proved to be an appetizing target in the delegate-hungry GOP field this cycle. Three of the candidates-Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul-sent surrogates to the Aloha State ahead of its contest this week, a sign that as the GOP scrambles to find its nominee, no island is too far.

Paul's campaign also went up with a paid television ad in the state, touting his economic recovery plans.

According to CNN's latest estimate, Romney picked up nine delegates in Hawaii. The former Massachusetts governor also gained nine delegates after winning Tuesday's contest in American Samoa, and he took in 21 delegates combined from Mississippi and Alabama, bringing his total number to 498.

The wins came three days after he pulled delegates from victories in the U.S. territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile, following his success in the two southern states, Santorum now has 239 delegates. Newt Gingrich saw mild gains on Tuesday and now has 139, while Paul has 69 delegates.

Hawaii held an open contest, meaning any registered voter could participate in the caucuses.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney STILL picked up more delegates than anybody else on Tuesday. The Romney Express keeps on rolling along. Start packing Obama! Competence will be returning to the Whitehouse when Romney is elected in November. America has seen and heard enough of your incompetent socialist BS. Maybe you can run for President of Cuba when Fidel heads off to that big commune in the sky!

    March 14, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. GI Joe.

    Breaking News!!!!! ONLY about 1/2 of republicans are voting.

    You may feel differently when you lose big to President Obama.

    March 14, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Laverne

    I suppose he thinks he is speaking for the entire state of Hawaii?? Hawaii in a whole will support Obama come November and it won't be by the skin of his teeth like Romney's win in Michigan!

    March 14, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. diridi

    no one in the right mind will vote for this Bain-Capital nor that 3rd century idiot.....o.k, No matter it is, this is truth.

    March 14, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    ""From one end of America to the other, the voters have spoken,""

    Yeah...Mittens is doing reasonably well among Republicans in traditionally blue states on the coasts and northern edge, but there's that little problem with the whole middle and south he seems to be having that have prevented him from locking this thing up. The Ayatollah Santorum is going to give him a run for his....errrr, his rich 1%er donors'

    March 14, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Mormons have a big footprint in Hawaii. They've enjoyed a supply of big Samoans for Brigham Young University's football program for many years. More importantly, the Republicans in Hawaii are generally more moderate than the radicals of the red states. Santorum is way too crazy for the rational folks in the Aloha State.

    March 14, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Core republican Values

    As a republican with core republican values, I think its very important that Ann Romney spends $100,000 riding horses every six months. After all, poor people deserve to be poor. They could spend $100,000 to ride horses if they just worked a little harder.

    March 14, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney STILL picked up more delegates than anybody else on Tuesday. The Romney Express keeps on rolling along.
    Good. Let it keep rolling. If it lived up to its' reputation it should have cruised into the station weeks ago. Instead, they're barely able to keep the rickety thing rolling downhill. Tell them to turn on their headlights so they can see where they're going.

    March 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. HIppoCritter

    He thought "mahalo" meant "I have bags full of money."

    March 14, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. mikrik13

    Ummmm... Poi !!! Can Mitt get some cheese on that?

    March 14, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Switters

    Speaking to the chid of the man who cooked his meal Romney said,

    "I really liked the 'poi', son"

    March 14, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. duh

    Independent voter here that just won't be able to bring himself to vote for santorum (too religious nutjob), romney (unscrupulous wealth and offshore banking), or gingrich (unethical and temperamental). I like where Paul comes from and what he stands for but I don't see him making it. Guess he doesn't have the "poster child politician looks". Guess I'll find myself going for the lesser of two evils again....

    March 14, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. CajunW

    @ Core republican Values...what a vile thing to say about Ann Romney's disease!!! It is commonly known that riding horses is therapy for her multiple sclerosis and if you had any compassion at all, you would be thankful that such a therapy exists for those who suffer. If it were about Michael J. Fox, would you feel the same way or this just political hate speak you are spewing?

    March 14, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. cgs

    Hawaiians are definitely smarter than Southerners. Samoans are, too.

    March 14, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Randy

    Mitt Romney was the only candidate on the Hawaii ballot because the all other Republicans still believe Hawaii is part of Kenya.

    March 14, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    @truth, back to your room please.
    That's funny about the flip flopper, today it's mahalo, earlier it was y'all and grits, he sang in Florida at the whitey white villages but he did spare us the wooden singing in AL. I don't think he realized that sweet home AL is a song by Lynryd Skynyrd and NOT the band Alabama. He got lucky that randynowens knew the song.
    This guy is so completely out of touch with America, it's scary. The sanatorium wants to take us to BC, willard is just too darn rich!

    March 14, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. iadadman

    My impression was that Republicans didn't believe Hawaii is a state.

    March 14, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. nolimits3333

    Poor Republicans, thinking they can pick their own nominee.

    Mitt Romney has been hand picked by the billionaire boys club, and they will shove him down your throats.

    Welcome to the world of Citizens United, Republicans.

    March 14, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. GOP on Self-Destruction

    Aytollah Sanatarium must be pissed!! Romney loses 2 states and wins Hawaii and still gets more delegates then Ricky!!

    March 14, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. my1cent

    I vote republican. But if Romney is the nominee, I will vote for President Obama. Romney has no idea about average person who lives on a paycheck.. Worst is that he doesnt even try to understand the average guy who drives a Ford Taurus or a Toyota Corolla.

    March 14, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. LK

    I feel saddened to see the Republican Party so divided. I truly believe that the ONLY reason Mr. Romney has not received the GOP nominiation is his religion. People are misinformed about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I feel that the best candiate for the GOP is Romney. He has the knowledge and experience which can get our economy back on track. My vote WILL be for Romney.

    March 14, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Jake

    but Hawaiians are not Americans! oh wait....well at least he only won in Obama's home state that will go to Obama in November! Sorry Mitt! massive night of losses for you!

    March 14, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Lolo

    In his dreams. This man just does not get it. The republican party does not like him. He is not conservative, christian and patriotic enough for them. This party only likes people who can not form their own opinions. This is why there are so many people in this club who have been dumbed down to no end and truth and nothing but the truth proves that each and every day.

    March 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Larry

    Well. You Tea Party folks are having a hard time finding a Republican candidate.

    But what if Jesus was a candidate? Would he be your nominee?

    Let’s investigate this possibility.

    Jesus healed the sick – h e l l no! This is free healthcare. This also means healthcare for everyone. Sounds too much like Obamacare.

    Jesus fed the poor – h e l l no! This is welfare.

    Jesus turned water in to wine – Well that’s ok! No labor cost, no overhead. Great for business.

    Jesus banished the merchants away from the temple – h e l l no! He’s against capitalism and free enterprise.

    Jesus was a Hebrew, dark skinned with hair like wool (as described in the bible). What!!! He’s not a longed haired blued eyed hippie like painted by Micheal Angelo? Are you kidding me!!!

    Lastly. It’s likely that Jesus would not believe in the death penalty.

    1 out of 6. Well, Jesus is out.

    March 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Marlee

    I doubt large numbers of native islanders in any of the polls voted for Romney.

    March 14, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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