With all precincts reporting:
Brian Schatz and Tulsi Gabbard have retaken their Senate and House seats by landslides, and Democrat Mark Takai beaten Republican Charles Djou 51.2 percent to 47.5 percent. The Democratic governor/lt. governor team of Ige and Tsutsui have won election over Aiona/Ahu, Independents Hannemann/Chang and Libertarians Davis/Marlin, but the four-way split has deprived David Ige and Shan Tsutsui of an absolute majority; they’ll have to rule with a plurality of 49 percent of the votes cast. Democrats Gil Kahele, Josh Green and Lorraine Inouye will be representing the Big Island in the State Senate, swamping their Libertarian opponents (the Republicans didn’t even bother to field candidates, by capturing 79 percent, 76.1 percent and 72.4 percent of the votes in their races, respectively. In State House District 1, incumbent Democrat Mark Nakashima cruised past Libertarian Eric Weinert, 75 percent to 17.4 percent. In District 3, incumbent Democrat Richard Onishi brushed aside Republican Bill Dixon and Libertarian Fred Fogel, 70 percent to 13.7 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively. In District 4, Democratic newcomer Joy SanBuenaventura put up numbers nearly as impressive, walloping Republican Gary Thomas 67.9 percent to 27.1 percent. Democratic incumbent Richard Creagan handily beat his two opponents, Republican Dave Bateman and Libertarian John A Lalanne, 56.9 percent to 36 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively. In District 6, incumbent Democrat Nicole Lowen whipped Republican Kelley Valenzuela, 60.9 percent to 36. 9 percent. In the two County Council Races, Daniel K. Paleka, Jr. has defeated Tiffany Edwards Hunt, 50.2 percent to 44.1 percent, and incumbent Margaret Wille has soundly beaten Ronald Gonzales, 56.7 percent to 36.6 percent.
In OHA At Large races, in which voters picked three candidates, the top three vote-getters on this island were John D. Waihee with 12.7 percent, Mililani B. Trask with 11.5 percent, and Rowena Akana with 11.2 percent; the also rans were Lei Ahu-Isa with 7.9 percent, Keli`i Akina with 7.6 percent, and Harvey McInerny with 5.1 percent. But statewide, Waihee, Akana and Ahu Isa were the top vote-getters and Trask dropped to fourth. In the race for OHA Maui Resident Trustee, for which residents of this island, oddly enough, get to vote, Carmen Hulu Lindsey handily beat Mahealani Wendt 41.1 percent to 21.1 percent. That result held up statewide, with Lindsay beating Wendt 35.0 percent to 23.7 percent.