Hawaii's Early 2012 Donors Still Like Obama

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WASHINGTON — Despite record-low approval ratings in states across the country, President Barack Obama is still the early favorite among Hawaii donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

While the heavily Democratic state's affection for a Honolulu-born president may not be a surprise, the favorite among Hawaii's Republican donors is less predictable: Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Sixty-five percent of the state's 424 early presidential campaign donations amounted to $132,944 for Obama between January and September, the most recent data available.

Paul took in just over 20 percent of Hawaii donations, about $35,960, during that time. Barely trailing him was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is fighting to hang on to his frontrunner status in the Republican field.

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