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 polls:
Today the Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Hawaii News Now poll confirms that with your hard work our campaign message is being heard. The statewide voter survey shows us with a 54% to 36% lead over our opponent.
This is a great boost for all of us, and I urge you to keep talking to your family and friends over the next 6 days and remind them to vote.
As I have said as each new poll has come out this election season, “The only poll that counts is on election day.”
The Civil Beat Poll has Ige leading Abercrombie by 10 percentage points, essentially the same double-digit lead that we first reported on in June.