Hawaii Legislature: Big Night for Democrats, Incumbents

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

With all Hawaii precincts reporting, Democrats dominated Republicans and independents in all but six of the 48 contested seats for the Hawaii Legislature.

They include Laura Thielen, who beat Fred Hemmings 57 percent to 39 percent in the race for the District 25 Senate seat (Hawaii Kai, Kailua, Waiamanalo).

Same goes for House Speaker Calvin Say, who took 55 percent of the vote compared with 30 percent for Green Party candidate Keiko Bonk and 11 percent for Republican Julia Allen in the District 20 seat that represents Palolo and St. Louis Heights.

Overall, Senate Democrats retained their 24-1 majority while House Democrats kept their large majority despite eventually losing some close races that had still been unclear late into the evening.

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