Cayetano, Caldwell To Duel For Honolulu Mayor

Brian Tseng for Civil Beat

UPDATED AT 11 P.M. With virtually all the vote in, former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano retained a consistent and sizable lead in the Honolulu mayor's race.

Incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle conceded the second place spot to former Honolulu managing director Kirk Caldwell. "It's clear to me that we're not going to prevail tonight," he said after the second batch of results was released.

Cayetano had 44.2 percent of the vote, with Caldwell at 29.1 percent and Carlisle at 24.8 percent.

Cayetano said he wasn't too disappointed that he didn't win the election outright. He would have needed more than 50 percent to win in the primary.

"We always knew that would be a stretch and I said earlier that we would have to be lucky to make that," he said. "We're happy that we got the votes that we got."

Caldwell, Carlisle and others immediately began laying the groundwork for the Nov. 6 general, saying that it would be tough for Cayetano to win because they expected Carlisle's votes would switch to Caldwell.

But Cayetano wasn't buying that.

"I think our 44 percent is solid, we're not going to lose any of that," he said. "I don't think Kirk is going to go up very much, I think it's really a stretch for anyone to say that all of Peter Carlisle's votes are going to go to Caldwell."

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