Tight Races Attract $21.8M to Hawaii Campaigns


Amid a sour economy, Hawaii's candidates for governor and Congress attracted a total of at least $21.8 million in support leading up to the general election.

Money came in all forms — direct contributions, advertising, attack ads, in-kind donations — and from varied sources — mainland groups, political parties, labor unions, direct support and personal loans.

The two most attractive races — as far as money was concerned — were the competitive bids for governor (Democrat Neil Abercrombie vs. Republican James "Duke" Aiona) and for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District (Democrat Colleen Hanabusa vs. Republican Charles Djou).

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