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Old 08-10-2014, 07:42 PM  
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) spanked in re-election primary

Hawaiian Governor Loses Primary by Wide Margin; Senate Race Is Undecided
By IAN LOVETT
AUG. 10, 2014


HONOLULU — After nearly four decades in elected office in Hawaii, Gov. Neil Abercrombie was dealt a stunning defeat in his bid for re-election, becoming the first governor in the state’s history to lose in a primary race.

Mr. Abercrombie, 76, a Democrat, was defeated Saturday by David Ige, 57, who began the campaign as a little-known state senator but capitalized on the governor’s sinking popularity.

The defeat will mark the end of Mr. Abercrombie’s long political career, which took him from the State Legislature, to Congress, to the governor’s residence. He collected only about 31 percent of the vote, compared with 66 percent for Mr. Ige.

Mr. Ige seemed to hardly believe how easily he won, after overcoming enormous disadvantages in fund-raising and name recognition. Through July 25, Mr. Abercrombie had spent nearly $5 million in his re-election bid; Mr. Ige spent less than $500,000, according to the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.

But the money did not matter. As the election became a referendum on an unpopular governor, voters who knew little about Mr. Ige were willing to support him.

“When we started this 13 months ago, I had people tell me I was crazy,” he said. “No one thought we would be anywhere close to where we are today.”

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The specter of Daniel K. Inouye, the late senator and war hero from Hawaii, hung over the gubernatorial and Senate races. In the last days of his life in 2012, he asked Mr. Abercrombie to appoint Ms. Hanabusa to succeed him. But Mr. Abercrombie ignored his request and instead appointed Mr. Schatz, his lieutenant governor, to complete Mr. Inouye’s term in the Senate.

Senator Brian Schatz faced a challenge from Representative Colleen Hanabusa, but results remained too close to call. Credit Marco Garcia/Associated Press
Mr. Schatz and Mr. Abercrombie enjoyed strong support from the Democratic establishment, including President Obama, who grew up in Hawaii.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:13 PM   #3
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:44 PM   #5
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:42 PM   #6
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Interesting. As a native of Hawaii(not native Hawaiian), I thought Abercrombie was going to get pined boxed out of there.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:45 AM   #7
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:13 AM   #8
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The specter of Daniel K. Inouye, the late senator and war hero from Hawaii, hung over the gubernatorial and Senate races. In the last days of his life in 2012, he asked Mr. Abercrombie to appoint Ms. Hanabusa to succeed him. But Mr. Abercrombie ignored his request and instead appointed Mr. Schatz, his lieutenant governor, to complete Mr. Inouye’s term in the Senate.
Hard to believe this many people were that upset about a mistake in which political appointee to name.

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Old 08-11-2014, 01:59 PM   #9
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Hard to believe this many people were that upset about a mistake in which political appointee to name.

It was an issue for some of the older croud.

I think these are more prominent reasons:
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/histor...ors-defeat/123
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Abercrombie has also lost favor with his supporters in part because he reversed his positions on key issues with explaining why, Cayetano said.

For example Abercrombie’s backers believed he was anti-development and pro environment when they cast their vote in the governor’s race in 2010.

However, Abercrombie has become one of the most pro-development governor’s in Hawaii’s history, allowing Koa Ridge and Hoopili development projects to move forward.

Abercrombie told supporters he would protect the ag land in Hoopili.

Environmentalists tried to stop these developments for years, but in the end, it was Abercrombie who pushed them through.

The Hoopili housing and shopping center projects will be built on some of Oahu’s only remaining rich soil land where farms have been growing produce for Hawaii’s stores.

During Abercrombie’s term, construction in Kakaako is also booming like never before with plans for up to 29 buildings in the waterfront area.

While the governor claims Hawaii residents need housing, --the condos range from $600,000 to $50 million, Cayetano said, not prices many Hawaii families can afford.
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It was an issue for some of the older croud.

I think these are more prominent reasons:
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/histor...ors-defeat/123
Yeah, those reasons sound like they would resonate more with the average voters.
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