With all 41 precincts reporting, Brian Schatz appears to have beaten Colleen Hanabusa, but by only about 1.4 percentage points. David Ige has trounced incumbent Neil Abercrombie for Governor in the Democratic primary, 57 to 40 percent. Lorraine Inouye has ousted incumbent Malama Solomon in the Democratic District 4 State Senate primary, 56-40 percent. Shan Tsutsui has easily won his primary for Lt. Governor. Incumbent State Senator Gil Kahele, easily won his primary, as did Rep. Clift Tsuji. Joy SanBuenaventura has ousted incumbent Faye Hanohano in the Dem. primary for Dist. 4 State Representative. In the Democratic District 5 State Representative race, incumbent Richard Creagan, an Abercrombie appointee, easily defeated Gene “Bucky” Leslie, 51 to 37 percent. In the Democratic District 6 State Representative race, Nicole Lowen easily beat back her primary opponent, Kalei Akaka, 60 to 36 percent; in the general election, she’ll face Kelly Valenzueala, who beat opponent Roy Ebert, 57 to 30 percent, in a rare contested Republican primary.
In the County Council races, Valerie Poindexter (Dist. 1), Aaron Chung (Dist. 2), Maile David-Medeiros (Dist. 6), and Karen Eoff (Dist. 9) have won their races outright, with solid majorities. So did Drew Kanuha and Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, who ran unopposed although substantial numbers of voters cast blank ballots in both their primaries. In District 4, incumbent Gregor Ilagan, with only 37 percent of the ballot, faces a runoff with closest contender Roy Lozano, who garnered 27 percent. In District 5, the closest Council race Daniel Paleka (34 percent) will run off against Tiffany Edwards Hunt (30 percent). In District 9, incumbent Margaret Wille (46 percent) faces a runoff with Ronald Gonzales (26 percent).