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Meet the Republican Who Could Take Hawaii Away From Democrats
National Journal ^ | July 9, 2014 | Emily Schultheis

Posted on 07/12/2014 11:12:36 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

The Republican nominee for governor of Hawaii stepped to the podium at a fundraiser for the state GOP, greeted by cheers and a standing ovation. Duke Aiona is the man who "will win, can win," a state senator insisted as he introduced the nominee. And the 200 donors and supporters in the audience apparently agreed.

"I feel so confident right now," Aiona said in a pavilion lit by tiki torches, nestled in a valley on Oahu's North Shore. "This is a statement in and of itself, to have so many people here supporting the Republican Party."

It's an odd sentiment from a GOP pol in one of America's most Democratic-leaning states. Indeed, Hawaii Republicans readily admit they're an endangered species these days: Democrats control the Governor's Mansion, both U.S. Senate seats, and both U.S. House seats. Just one Republican serves in the 25-member state Senate. What's more, this is not Aiona's first try at the governorship: He lost to sitting Gov. Neil Abercrombie by double digits in 2010.

But this year, Abercrombie's unpopularity and a three-way general-election race have combined to open a rare, if narrow, path to a Republican gubernatorial win. Add to the mix that Aiona is a top-tier recruit and has high name ID across the state, and even some Democrats reluctantly acknowledge their problem.

"In the normal course of events, a Republican really shouldn't win," said one Democratic strategist. "But this is decidedly not the normal course of events."

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: brianschatz; charlesdjou; colleenhanabusa; davidige; dukeaiona; hawaii; jeffdavis; leschang; mufihannemann; neilabercrombie

1 posted on 07/12/2014 11:12:36 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

Victories in Hawaii would be the ultimate kick in the pants for Obama personally. I hope we get it. Electing Duke Aiona and Charles Djou should be a top priority for that reason alone.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 11:15:21 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yeah, but the RINOs in charge of the “current” Republican party will deem him less worthy and therefore cast “all” of their remaining power to try and defeat him.

he must not succeed!


3 posted on 07/12/2014 11:25:59 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Dacula

All he has to do is call the Tea Party a bunch of racists and the GOPe will fall in love with him.


4 posted on 07/12/2014 11:33:02 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Of all the states in the union that should be protective of States Rights, you would think Hawaii would top that list.


5 posted on 07/12/2014 11:45:23 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Dacula

Didn’t Hawaii have a female Republican governor before Abercomie? (sp) If I’m correct - I think she was a huge RINO. For some reason the name Linda comes to mind - (not Graham).


6 posted on 07/12/2014 11:56:46 AM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Duke sure is easy on the eyes!


7 posted on 07/12/2014 12:01:30 PM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hawaii,, a bastion for libs for years,, under assault..

UH oh.. Pele wants more virgins sacrificed

But few are to be found..


8 posted on 07/12/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I don’t care. Those “Republicans with a chance” are all liberals, right?. I am not going to expend any time thinking about it.


9 posted on 07/12/2014 12:24:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Obama will offer some carrots to HA to keep it blue.


10 posted on 07/12/2014 12:26:14 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Clintonfatigued. It’s a three way race?


11 posted on 07/12/2014 12:30:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Dacula

It’s Hawaii and not as strategic to their plans ... Unless those plans have to do with having GOPe fact-finding meetings in Hawaii.


12 posted on 07/12/2014 12:30:46 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Catsrus

Linda Lingle.

This guy was her Lt Gov.

He lost last time out after Lingle’s two terms.


13 posted on 07/12/2014 12:34:40 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_gubernatorial_election,_2014


14 posted on 07/12/2014 12:35:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Catsrus

That means more female votes.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 12:37:33 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Tanniker Smith

That is Exactly what my GOP Rep said to me...

It’s Hawaii and not as strategic to their plans ... Unless those plans have to do with having GOPe fact-finding meetings in Hawaii.


16 posted on 07/12/2014 12:38:43 PM PDT by Dacula
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Duke Aiona is the man who "will win, can win," and supporters in the audience apparently agreed. "I feel so confident right now," Aiona said in a pavilion lit by tiki torches, nestled in a valley on Oahu's North Shore. "This is a statement in and of itself, to have so many people here supporting the Republican Party."

Nice you're confident, sweetheart----but you guys better keep an eye on the Dems---the voter fraud machine is going to be at Mach One speed.

17 posted on 07/12/2014 1:17:37 PM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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18 posted on 07/12/2014 1:21:56 PM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: Hostage

Agree. Native Hawaiians would know better than I would how likely that is to happen, but it seems like it would play well with many there.


19 posted on 07/12/2014 3:14:39 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: huldah1776

Ship some Homeless kids to Hawaii-—let them tave a few thousand to pay for.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 4:04:24 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; Clemenza; BillyBoy

Abercrombie may lose renomination to Ige. How that will change the dynamics for November, I’m not sure. Supposedly Ige was polling worse.


21 posted on 07/12/2014 6:41:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ...
A three way race is how Djon won the house seat in the first place, so since there's a similar dynamic in this year's Governor's race (two liberals splitting the vote and 1 Republican on the ballot), there's a decent chance of winning the office in 2014.

Hopefully Aiona is much more conservative than Lingle. I don't know much about him but I recall liking him better than her when they were in office together.

22 posted on 07/12/2014 8:07:08 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Catsrus; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal
>> Didn’t Hawaii have a female Republican governor before Abercomie? (sp) If I’m correct - I think she was a huge RINO. For some reason the name Linda comes to mind <<

Linda Lingle, Hawaii's version of Christie Todd Whitman.

Since she was a former Governor, you'd think she'd at least run a competitive U.S. Senate race, but I recall that the RAT cruised to victory against her.

23 posted on 07/12/2014 8:09:37 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; Clintonfatigued

Her Senate race was a rematch of the 2002 Governor’s race. Epic fiasco.

Just as an aside, I still strongly favor Hawaiian independence (or a move to commonwealth status). Sending 4 Communists to DC, especially the 2 Senators, is appalling. To have that sort of disproportionate impact in our national decisionmaking (let alone having Inouye formerly close in line to the Presidency) is simply wrong, especially for a small island group thousands of miles from the mainland. If Alaska ever went full-on communist, I’d make the same argument for cutting them loose.


24 posted on 07/12/2014 8:19:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Clintonfatigued
A large group of indigenous Hawaiians are demanding independence and legal sovereignty from the USA.

I say, “Right on!”

The GOP should back them.

If the natives win, Democrats immediately lose two Socialist senators and two Socialist congressman.

Plus, we get the added fun of Obama “preserving the Union” by ordering a military occupation of his home state.

25 posted on 07/12/2014 9:26:50 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

I’m amazed at how many South Park plots come to pass.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 9:32:42 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued

Lingle had a tough road winning with Obama at the top of the ticket. She did worse than I thought she would though, running less than 10 points higher than Romney, about the same as Scott Brown did, less than 9 points higher. I was hoping both would do better.

It the open seat was in 2010, I think she’d have won.

Here’s to hoping Aiona and Djou can win. I’m still afraid Hannemann will cost Aiona. Too bad we’re not running a decent candidate for Senate.

I’ll all for anything to help get rid of rat Senators. I don’t see Hawaiian Independence happening though, it’s a fringe movement right now.

That’s why I support Scottish Independence, Scotland would be a disaster but it would free England and Wales from a solid socialist voting bloc. Same reason I support Quebec Independence


27 posted on 07/12/2014 11:25:18 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: zeestephen; fieldmarshaldj

Interesting idea, but I’ll bet people are worried about the loss of tax revenue in that case.


28 posted on 07/16/2014 3:50:24 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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