Hawaii Republicans had hoped that their first-ever presidential caucuses in March would draw some interest from the campaigns. So far, though, the GOP candidates have been focussed on other states.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign has announced that Paul’s oldest son, Ronnie, and campaign manager John Tate will campaign in the islands before the March 13 vote.
*Update: Matt Romney, one of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s sons, campaigned for his father in Hawaii in December. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich made a quick swing to the islands last summer. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was here early last year, before she dropped out.
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton did local news media interviews before the Democratic caucuses in 2008, and Clinton sent her daughter, Chelsea, to the islands to campaign. It was the first time that the caucuses received much attention, and helped produce record voter turnout, although still only a fraction of traditional turnout for a primary.