by Andrew Walden
Over 30,000 Hawaii registered voters are now card-carrying members of the Hawaii Republican Party—an average of 600 per State House District.
More than two-thirds of these joined via the 2012 and 2016 Hawaii Republican Presidential caucuses--15,672 voted in the 2016 caucus and 10,228 voted in 2012.
Republican membership is more than double that of the HSTA or UPW—and unlike union members, the Republicans are 100% registered to vote in Hawaii.
For the first time in the modern history of the Hawaii Republican Party, the membership list is full of updated contact information provided by the Hawaii registered voters who showed up to vote in the Hawaii Republican Presidential caucuses. As a result, the Republican Party now has the technological ability to reach its members quickly via email, telephone and hard mail.
Hawaii Republican Party Rule 303 reads: “In a nonpartisan election … for a county office, the appropriate county committee may make an endorsement.”
Which candidates will seek an endorsement and the votes that come with it?
Which Republicans will seek control of their County Committees in order to wield this power?
Related: Final Results: Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus