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Primary Election 2014: One Wild Night

The polling place at Pahoa Community Center for the primary election Saturday, August 9, 2014. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

The polling place at Pahoa Community Center for the primary election Saturday, August 9, 2014. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

David Ige blew past Gov. Neil Abercrombie to secure the Democratic nomination for governor quicker than Tropical Storm Iselle swept across the Big Island just days earlier.

While Iselle left thousands of residents without electrical power, Ige, a 28-year veteran of the state Legislature, left Abercrombie without a final victory in his 40-plus year of service to the state of Hawaii.

It was the first time in state history that a governor failed to secure his party’s nomination in the Primary Election.

Ige now faces Republican candidate and former Lt. Gov. James ‘Duke’ Aiona in November’s General Election.

In another closely watched race, two Washington, D.C. veterans battled it out for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who was appointed to the seat following Sen. Daniel Inouye’s death, and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who was Inouye’s choice to replace him, were locked in a nail-biter late into Saturday.

That race may not be decided until voters in two Pahoa precincts cast their ballots. Those two polling places – Hawaii Paradise Community Center and Keoneopoko Elementary School – were kept shuttered Saturday as residents and county crews continued to mop up after Iselle.

Meanwhile, many county and state races were settled by the 11 p.m. print out as many Hawaii voters took advantage of early walk-in centers or absentee balloting.

According to the state Elections Office, 697,033 people were registered to vote in this year’s primary, up slightly from 684,481 who were registered in 2012. That includes 103,936 registered voters in Hawaii County for this primary.

About 41 percent of the votes cast in the 2010 primary were absentee and 44 percent voted absentee in the 2012 primary.

More than 160,000 chose to vote early this year and that number may have been pushed even higher as two major storms approached the state ahead of the primary.

Still, with the exception of the two polling places in Puna, the 39 other Hawaii County sites opened on time. No major problems were reported at any of the 245 precincts across the state.

The two Puna precincts include some 8,000 voters. About 1,500 cast their votes early, so roughly 6,500 will be mailed absentee ballots and have an opportunity to say who represents the state in the U.S. Senate.

Until the last ballot is counted – which, by law, must be within 21 days – the election results are considered ‘uncertified.’

The (*) below indicates the incumbent; several races, however, had no incumbent.

LATEST RESULTS – 3:15 A.M. SUNDAY, AUG. 10

COUNTY COUNCIL
(Editor’s Note: Non-partisan race. Candidates win office outright with 50% plus 1 vote; otherwise top two voter-getter advance to General Election)

Council District 1 (8 of 8 Precincts Reporting)

* POINDEXTER, Valerie 3,091 70.6%
GERING, Larry 785 17.9%

Council District 2 (4 of 4)

CHUNG, Aaron S.Y. 4,236 64.6%
HOPKINS, Margarita (Dayday) 1,158 17.7%
MARKS, Kerri 273 4.2%
GALI, Shane 266 4.1%
HALVERSEN, William (John) 77 1.2%

Council District 3 (5 of 5)

* ONISHI, Dennis (Fresh) 4,577 79.%

Council District 4 (0 of 2)

* ILAGAN, Greggor 346 38.3%%
LOZANO, Roy J. 234 25.9%%
NAEOLE, Emily I. 171 18.9%
GREENE, Madie 123 13.6%

Council District 5 (3 of 3)

PALEKA, Daniel K., Jr. 1,054 33.4%
EDWARDS HUNT, Tiffany 962 30.5%
PUEO, Frances Pua 313 9.9%
ALMEIDA, Cherish Lee-Ann 194 6.1%
LAW, Tim 119 3.8%
HAMPTON, Roxanne (RJ) 87 2.8%
CUNNINGHAM, Daniel H. 86 2.7%

Council District 6 (6 of 8)

* DAVID-MEDEIROS, Maile 2,394 59.5%
ABBETT, Richard E. (Ric) 665 16.5%
WILSON, Jim D. 520 12.9%

Council District 7 (4 of 4)

* KANUHA, Dru Mamo 2,416 70.3%

Council District 8 (4 of 4)

* EOFF, Karen S. 2,420 67.8%
HUNTER, Sean 681 19.1%

Council District 9 (3 of 3)

* WILLE, Margaret 1,889 46.0%
GONZALES, Ronald S. 1,084 26.4%
SHIMAOKA, Oliver (Sonny) 919 22.4%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 1 (9 of 9)

Libertarian

WEINERT, Eric Drake 37 86.0%

Democrat

* NAKASHIMA, Mark M. 4,925 79.4%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 2 (5 of 5)

Democrat

* TSUJI, Clifton K. (Clift) 5,258 82.0%
MIRANDA, Edwin L.P. 775 12.1%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 3 (7 of 7)

Libertarian

FOGEL, Fred F. 21 91.3%

Republican

DICKSON, Bill 368 70.6%

Democrat

* ONISHI, Richard H.K. 3,890 78.7%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 4 (2 of 2)

Republican

THOMAS, Gary 170 83.3%

Democrat

SANBUENAVENTURA, Joy A. 558 38.9%
* HANOHANO, Faye Pua 260 18.1%
BRONSON-CRELLY, Leilani 190 13.3%
JORDAN, Brian F. 185 12.9%
PELEIHOLANI, Julia K. 159 11.1%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 5 (8 of 8)

Libertarian

LALANNE, Jon A. 22 91.7%

Republican

BATEMAN, Dave 593 84.4%

Nonpartisan

RUIS, Randy 16 45.7%

Democrat

* CREAGAN, Richard P. 2,074 51.2%
LESLIE, Gene (Bucky) 1,471 36.3%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 6 (5 of 5)

Republican

VALENZUELA, Kelly 511 57.2%
EBERT, Roy 301 33.7%

Democrat

* LOWEN, Nicole 2,128 60.2%
AKAKA, Kalei 1,273 36.0%

STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – DISTRICT 7 (5 of 5)

Democrat

* EVANS, Cindy 3,433 80.5%

STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 1 (9 of 9)

Libertarian

ARIANOFF, Gregory (Kobata) 29 74.4%

Democrat

* KAHELE, Gilbert 8,366 73.2%
KA’EHU’AE’A, Wendell 1,817 15.9%

STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 3 (12 of 12)

Libertarian

LAST, Michael L. 42 95.5%

Democrat

* GREEN, Josh 5,722 83.2%

STATE SENATE – DISTRICT 4 (12 of 12)

Libertarian

SCHILLER, Alain 36 78.3%

Democrat

INOUYE, Lorraine Rodero 4,373 55.2%
* SOLOMON, Malama 3,161 39.9%

GOVERNOR (242 of 245)

Libertarian

DAVIS, Jeff 578 82.7%

Republican

AIONA, Duke 41,358 94.8%
GREGORY, Stuart Todd 623 1.4%
COLLINS, Charles (Trump) 572 1.3%

Nonpartisan

DAVIS, Misty 195 18.0%
MORSE, Richard 96 8.9%
DEJEAN CALDWELL, Khis 84 7.7%
SPATOLA, Joseph R. 37 3.4%

Democrat

IGE, David Yutaka 155,184 66.1%
* ABERCROMBIE, Neil 72,298 30.8%
TANABE, Van K. (Tanaban) 2,556 1.1%

Independent

HANNEMANN, Mufi 2,069 88.7%

LT. GOVERNOR (242 of 245)

Libertarian

MARLIN, Cynthia (Lahi) 545 78.0%

Republican

AHU, Elwin P. 27,405 62.8%
SUTTON, Warner Kimo 11,352 26.0%

Democrat

* TSUTSUI, Shan S. 119,229 50.8%
HEE, Clayton 80,119 34.1%
ZANAKIS, Mary 17,933 7.6%
SHIRATORI, Miles 2,557 1.1%
PULETASI, Sam 2,087 0.9%

Independent

CHANG, Les 1,346 57.7%

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – District 2 (242 of 245)

Libertarian

KENT, Joe 364 79.3%

Republican

CROWLEY, Kawika 8,849 42.5%
CAPELOUTO, Marissa D. 6,797 32.7%

Democrat

* GABBARD, Tulsi 89,405 80.6%

U.S. SENATE (242 of 245)

Libertarian
KOKOSKI, Michael 559 80.0%

Republican

CAVASSO, Cam 25,624 58.7%
ROCO, John P. 4,348 10.0%
FRIEL, Harry J., Jr. 3,415 7.8%
PIRKOWSKI, Eddie 2,008 4.6%

Nonpartisan

ALLISON, Joy 373 34.4%
REYES, Arturo Pacheco 179 16.5%

Democrat

* SCHATZ, Brian 113,800 48.5%
HANABUSA, Colleen Wakako 112,165 47.8%
EVANS, Brian 4,792 2.0%

— Find out more:
hawaii.gov/elections

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