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  • Hanabusa Won’t Challenge US Senate Election Results

    · By Chad Blair

    U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will not challenge her narrow loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in court.

    She conceded the election to Schatz late Tuesday.

    But the congresswoman said she is still concerned about the state’s decision to delay the primary election for one week in two storm-damaged precincts on the Big Island.

    Schatz defeated Hanabusa by just 1,769 votes in an election that saw more than 230,000 votes cast.

    Last week, a Circuit Court judge in Hilo rejected Hanabusa’s request that the second primary, held Aug. 15, be delayed until more power was restored and more

  • Hawaii Primary: Schatz Hangs On To Win US Senate Race

    · By Nick Grube

    Incumbent Brian Schatz clinched the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate as the Hawaii Elections Office released results of Friday’s late voting in storm-damaged Puna, plus 800 previously uncounted Maui ballots.

    Schatz picked up 1,601 votes in results announced Friday, while U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa got 1,467. That gave him 48.5 percent of the vote to Hanabusa’s 47.8 percent. The total vote count as of Friday evening was 115,401 for Schatz to 113,632 for Hanabusa — a difference of just 1,769 votes.

    “This has been an extraordinary

  • Hawaii Governor Makes Landfall in Storm-Ravaged Puna

    · By Nick Grube

    HILO, HAWAII — Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s arrival on the Big Island on Wednesday to address the fallout from Tropical Storm Iselle added a layer of normalcy to what so far has been surreal political theater.

    Many roads in the rural Puna district on the east side of the island are still closed due to fallen trees and powerlines, and thousands of people are without basic necessities, such as food, ice and running water.

    The governor has broad executive power to mobilize resources and spend money to help recovery efforts in some of

  • Hanabusa Files Motion to Delay Friday’s Election on Big Island

    · By Nathan Eagle

    U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa filed a motion Wednesday to stop Friday’s election on the Big Island until power is restored, roadblocks are removed and proper notification is given to voters in the two affected precincts.

    Updated 4:24 p.m., 8/13/2014

    A hearing before Judge Greg Nakamura has been set for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, in Hilo.

    Hanabusa is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who had a 1,635-vote lead out of roughly 230,000 ballots cast in last Saturday’s Democratic primary. Both are on the Big Island helping storm victims.

    The two

  • The Pod Squad on Hawaii’s Historic Primary Night

    · By Mike Webb

    On Saturday night Gov. Neil Abercrombie went down in a stunning defeat to state Sen. David Ige. So the Pod Squad got together Sunday afternoon to assess the fallout from the major races and to take a look at what lays ahead for the general election.

    In light of last week’s podcast and the extensive coverage of Ige’s victory, the reporters focus on the U.S. Senate, Congressional District 1, and lieutenant governor campaigns.  The trio discuss Brian Schatz’s slight lead over Colleen Hanabusa, what’s likely to happen with the two Puna

  • Will Hanabusa’s Push in Puna Be Enough?

    · By Nick Grube

    U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz embraced U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Saturday night and told her he was replaying the events of a colleague’s life.

    “I feel like Al Franken,” he said.

    Franken is Minnesota’s junior senator, who in 2008 was locked in a tight race with Republican Norm Coleman. They were separated by only a handful of votes, and it took nearly nine months and a lawsuit to settle who won.

    Schatz finds himself in a similarly close race.

    Colleen Hanabusa and Brian Schatz hug at the Democratic Party Unity Breakfast the morning after

  • After the Storm, Bruised Democrats Pull Together

    · By Chad Blair

    There has never been a Democratic Party of Hawaii primary like the one held Saturday night.

    Not only was a sitting governor overwhelmingly rejected by a quiet-speaking state senator little known out of legislative circles and his Pearl City-Aiea district.

    But a U.S. Senate race is too close to call, with voters in two Big Island precincts holding the fate of the eventual victor in their hands.

    Indeed, just 1,635 votes separate U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

    The entire Democratic Party Unity Breakfast nominees are shown in this morning-after the primary

  • Hawaii’s Primary Election Turnout Likely Near All-Time Low This Year

    · By Alia Wong

    Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Iselle threatened to deter Hawaii voters from going to the polls Saturday and potentially disrupt the state’s primary election.

    The storm hardly hit the islands as intensely as some feared. But the better weather didn’t come with better-than-anticipated voter turnout numbers.

    As of Sunday morning, 41.4 percent — or 285,471 — of Hawaii’s 688,778 registered voters statewide cast ballots. The turnout was  43.4 percent on Oahu, 37.6 percent on the Big Island, 32.2 percent in Maui County and 47 percent in Kauai County.

    Election headquarters at the State Capitol on Saturday.


  • Hawaii Lieutenant Governor: Tsutsui Enjoys Big Victory

    · By Chad Blair

    Incumbent Shan Tsutsui defeated state Sen. Clayton Hee in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, 50.8 percent to 34.1 percent, as of 3:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

    Former television reporter Mary Zanakis was third with 7.6 percent.

    Miles Shiratori and Sam Puletasi trailed far behind.

    In the Republican primary, New Hope Pastor Elwin Ahu led businessman Kimo Sutton 62.8 percent to 26 percent.

    Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui

    PF Bentley/Civil Beat

    Libertarian candidate Cynthia “Lahi” Marlin and Hawaii Independent Party candidate Les Chang ran unopposed in the primary and will advance to the general election.


  • Hawaii Legislature: Most Incumbents Win, But There Are Exceptions

    · By Chad Blair

    Voters throughout Hawaii are returning legislative incumbents to office with a couple notable exceptions in Saturday’s primary.

    That’s according to the state Office of Elections final summary report as of early Sunday.

    The exceptions:

    • Controversial Big Island Rep. Faye Hanohano was far behind challenger Joy San Buenaventura. But that district is in the area where final results will be delayed because of storm damage.

    • Also on the Big Island, former lawmaker Lorraine Inouye beat incumbent Malama Solomon by a wide margin.

    • Challenger Matt LoPresti handily defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Rida Cabanilla.

    A woman goes into

  • Hawaii Congressional Districts: Takai Triumphs

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Voters have given state Rep. Mark Takai the nod over Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and five other candidates vying for the Democratic slot in the 1st Congressional District race.

    With most precincts reporting by early Sunday morning, Takai was the winner with 43 percent of the vote, 52,719 people casting their ballots for him. Kim had 27 percent, followed by Honolulu City Council members Stanley Chang at 10 percent, Ikaika Anderson at 6 percent and Joey Manahan at 4 percent. State Sen. Will Espero had 4 percent and human rights advocate Kathryn Xian had 3 percent.


  • Hawaii US Senate: Schatz Leads Hanabusa — Slightly

    · By Nick Grube

    U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz was leading U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa early Sunday morning in the Democratic primary race to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Hanabusa started off the evening with a slight lead but the results flipped as the night wore on.

    The latest election results released Sunday morning had Schatz with 48.5 percent of the vote and Hanabusa with 47.8 percent, as of 3:25 a.m. Sunday.

    Just 1,635 votes separate the two.

    When news broke of the swing in Schatz’s favor his campaign headquarters erupted in cheers.

    But no one was declaring victory. Some votes were still