Hawaii the 49th state of America went to the polls, Nov 8,and took part in the United States Presidential elections for the first time.
Hawaii the 49th state of America went to the polls, Nov 8,and took part in the United States Presidential elections for the first time. Hawaiian voters treated the event in their usual festive manner with most of the citizens wearing leis around their necks.
Both Republican and Democratic supporters staged parades through the streets of Honolulu which were decorated with banners and flags. Despite the colour and carefree tone of election day the Hawaiians have taken a great interest in the campaign. Record crowds turned out to hear the political speeches and Vice President Nixon was given a great reception when he toured the state.
Among the first to arrive to cast his vote was Democratic Congressman Dan Inouye. The Republicans were represented by Senator Hiram Fong who is the first United States Senator of Chinese ancestry.
First count of the votes showed that the state went to the Democratic candidate Senator John Kennedy. A recount was ordered when it was discovered that a block of votes for Mr. Nixon had not been included. As yet there is no clear information on which candidate won the state's three electrical votes. Senator Kennedy has now collected enough votes to take him to the White House on Jan 20.