Skip to comments.Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate
Posted on 08/09/2014 5:24:34 AM PDT by Olog-hai
As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaiis dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands. The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state. [ ]
The incumbent governor faces a surprisingly strong challenge from a fellow Democrat and early voting was heavily encouraged. Its not the only race splitting the Democratic Party establishment. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to determine who will fill the shoes of the beloved Sen. Daniel Inouye. [ ]
Schatz has outspent Hanabusa by more than $1 million, and his ads dominated the airwaves. But Hanabusa has attracted many of Inouyes supporters, who felt it was disrespectful for Abercrombie to disregard the political icons dying wish. Before his death, Inouye told Abercrombie to appoint Hanabusa as his successor. Abercrombie, however, chose Schatz, his lieutenant governor.
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