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Hillary Rodham Clinton has secured the support of many Democratic Party leaders in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific island territories as she pursues her party’s nomination for president.

An Associated Press survey shows Clinton has the support of half of the superdelegates to next year’s Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. Other superdelegates said they were not ready to declare their support for any candidate, and some did not respond.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono said Clinton cares about issues that people care about, including college affordability, raising the minimum wage and comprehensive immigration reform.

“She has the brains, she has the stamina. She’s got what it takes to be president,” Hirono said.

Five of Hawaii’s nine superdelegates, including Hirono, said they supported Clinton. Three were uncommitted and one didn’t respond.

Three of five Guam superdelegates said they supported Clinton, and two didn’t respond. Of American Samoa superdelegates, three were uncommitted. One supported Clinton.

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