The 8 p.m printout is out (well, electronically–do they actually print these things anymore?), and with generally a third to a half of precincts reporting, the Dems generally appear to be rolling to easy victories over their Republican opponents, Libertarian and Independent opponents. Even in the Governor’s race, where an independent candidacy by veteran politico Mufi Hannemann was supposed to make things interesting, Democrat David Ige was rolling up a nearly huge margin, 111,335 to Republican Duke Aiona’s 74,871 , with Hannemann trailing a distant third at 24,509. Sen. Brian Schatz was leading his Republican opponent Cam Cavasso by over two to one, 147,279 to 53,572. Tulsi Gabbard was wracking up an even bigger margin with 77 percent of the vote, 85, 880 to Republican Kawika Crowley’s 18,065. The only federal race that is even remotely close is for the U.S. House of Representatives District 1, where Democrat Mark Takai leads Republican former Rep. Charles Djou, 56,609 to 47,940. Libertarian candidates in these races are all less than four percent of the votes.
In Big Island State Senate Races, Gil Kahele, Josh Green, Lorraine Inouye all lead their nearest opponents by 3-1 margins or better. So are Democratic State RepresentativesMark Nakashima, Richard Onishi and Democratic newcomer Joy SanBuenaventura. Incumbent state reps Richard Creagan and Nicole Lowen’s races are only slightly closer Creagan leads Republican Dave Bateman, 3,269 to 1,95. Lowen is besting Republican Kelly Valenzuela, 1,937 to 1,115. In non-partisan Council races, Daniel K. Paleka leads Tiffany Edwards Hunt, 1,214-947 and incumbent Margaret Wille is ahead of Ronald Gonzales, 1,413-1,056.