5 things to know about Hawaii elections
While Democratic voters dominate in Hawaii, Republicans have raked in enough votes to win. Here’s how the parties stack up against each other among the state’s voters:
• In Hawaii’s recent primary election, 82 percent selected Democratic ballots, compared to 15 percent who selected Republican and less than 1 percent who opted to vote for Independent Party candidates.
• In the last gubernatorial election in 2010, Republican former Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona lost to Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Aiona got 41 percent of the vote while Abercrombie got 58 percent.
• Hawaii was served by a Republican governor from 2002-10, when former Gov. Linda Lingle was in office. With Aiona as her running mate, the duo captured 51 percent of the vote in 2002 and 62 percent of the vote in 2006.
• The race to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is competitive, with Democratic state Rep. Mark Takai facing off against Republican former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou.
• In the 2008 presidential election, 72 percent of the state’s voters chose Democratic President Barack Obama and 26 percent chose Republican John McCain. Obama enjoyed a similar level of support from his home state in 2012 when he got 70 percent of the vote compared to Republican Mitt Romney’s 28 percent.
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