Here is how the re-election campaign of Gov. Neil Abercrombie is spinning recent poll results that show their guy trailing badly, according to campaign manager Bill Kaneko:
Today, a poll was released by Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that shows us trailing. We don’t believe it for a second. We’ve been polling too and our results have us tied. That means the entire election boils down to a race to drive voter turnout in the final days of the campaign. …
We’re continuing to build momentum with each passing day and victory is in reach. Thousands of people like you across the islands are joining the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and President Barack Obama in support of Neil Abercrombie.
Email or call 10 friends or family members and tell them to vote for Neil. …
Gov. Neil Abercrombie speaking during a debate with Sen. David Ige at Kealakehe High School, July 29, 2014. Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business magazine, was the moderator.
Former Gov. John Waihee, an Abercrombie supporter, had a little spin of his own Sunday:
In 1986, I first ran for governor against then-Congressman Cec Heftel. With two weeks left in the election, I was 18 points behind. Thanks to hard work and getting out the vote, I won.
In 1998, Ben Cayetano trailed then-Maui Mayor Linda Lingle in nearly every poll during his re-election bid. Ultimately, Ben went on to win by 5,000 votes.
Every campaign, every election eventually comes down to getting out the vote. With less than a week remaining in this election, polls no longer matter. Only votes count. …
Meanwhile, here’s how state Sen. Ige himself is spinning the …
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