Skip to comments.Dems in Disarray: Hawaii governor ousted in primary
Posted on 08/10/2014 11:10:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Its only a matter of time before the political press picks up on this episode as part of a narrative about the larger Democratic Civil War right?
On Saturday night, The Aloha States Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost the battle for his partys gubernatorial nomination to state Sen. David Ige. Badly. With 99 percent of precincts reporting as of this writing, Igy won 67.4 percent of Democratic primary vote compared to just 31.5 percent for Abercrombie.
The governors loss was not unexpected as public opinion surveys in even this difficult to poll state had unmistakably shown for several weeks that Abercrombie was likely to lose this race, but this is still the first time in the states history that a sitting governor has been ousted in a primary after serving just one term. Local factors rather than national politics or even the Abercrombie brand were more to blame for this Democratic revolt.
Indicative of the uniqueness of the gubernatorial primary, Sen. Brian Schatz Abercrombies appointed replacement for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (against the late senators wishes), may have narrowly survived a primary challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Schatz had 49.4 percent of the vote, while Hanabusa had tallied 48.6 percent of the vote, Fox News reported. The two were separated by fewer than 2,000 votes out of more than 210,000 ballots cast.
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hussein gave Gov. Pothead the governorship for lying about “being there” for the mythical birth. He’s served his purpose so he’s been ignored all the way out the door.
Well I am going to blame gay marriage, not matter what they say!
I can’t believe how badly this guy lost!
Has any incumbent anywhere ever lost a primary by such a landslide?
The people have spoken and they said: WE HATE YOU! GET OUT!
The author seems quite upset that Inouye wasn't able to pick the successor for "his" seat. The nerve of the Governor in picking the person he wanted.
That could part of it. Hawaii would have to follow up with a hard core anti illegal immigration Democrat Senator. I’m skeptical they will do that though.
this whole thing is a giant LOL. Big news??? a liberal democrat beat out a hippy liberal democrat ....NOTHING CHANGES. All these local races here are liberals beating liberals. Not a conservative in the state is doing well. Hawaii is totally owned by the Liberal Democratic Party. Period.
“Has any incumbent anywhere ever lost a primary by such a landslide?”
pass the popcorn, the rats are jumping ship.
Abercrombie was in Congress forever before he came back to the islands. He was the hippy left wing liberal yes man for the party at that time. Hawaii took him in with open arms, and now, well , maybe he wasn’t LEFT enough for the idiots that live here.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Hawaii is a very unique situation.
I was going to say the same thing? The Democrats are not in disarray in Hawaii. They’ve got it pretty locked up.
I’m not talking about general elections, just primaries. Sure, many incumbent office holders have been run out of town on the rails, but in a primary?
He must have done something
So, what's the big news here? Nothing has changed.
Actually the new guy sounds rather sane for a Democrat - he even favors home education, and no new taxes...
I was thinking the same thing. Talk about a lose-lose situation. They’ll still elect a Democrat, so what does this prove?
He promised to produce that Long Form Birth Certificate, but couldn't find it, then later said he had seen it.
That is probably what did it
I hear that there is a good chance the GOP can win the Governorship.
This is not only a brutal slap at at Abercromnie, but political devastation for Obama....the Hawaiian Kid...maybe!!! Neil Abercromnie is naught but an Obamabot, Low Life, Hippy, Communist, Democrat thug!!!
The Democrat civil war will mostly be white hippies against the non-white we want ours crowd.
It will be particularly ugly in California.
“They’ve got it pretty locked up.”
Yeah, as long as the unions, all of them are
in charge of everything that comes or goes in
the Peoples Republic of Hawaii.
the dems will always be on top of the pile.
Was this a “Hitler vs Stalin” leftist showdown or what?
The news would be if a tea party dem defeated the gov in the primary. I guess the tea party is not active there.
A big part of this Goobernatorial race in Hawaii is the mass transit rail fail.
I do not know anything about the person that ran against Abercrombie, but I bet he is further to the left, and he was elected because of his ethnicity.
Race/culture is a factor. Whites are in the minority and a variety of Asian descendants (Japanese, Phillipino, Native Hawaiian, etc) are in the majority. IMO, a large percentage tend to have a positive view of big government.
That said, this is a stupendous loss for the hippy. Schatz is a political hack that barely beat out Colleen Hanabusa. How did Abercrombie lose so badly? He seems the farthest left of these leftists and likely the most incompetent.
I’m sorry - for a moment there, I thought you said something about mass transit rail on an island. Surely they didn’t try to float that idea?
that is the news, tho. Not that the MSM will ever admit that the TEA Party principles have influenced both the Rep and Dem parties.
Abercrombie ousted is a good thing and here’s why:
here’s Ige’s platform,:
Ige’s election seems to show a swing to the conservative side and may dampen secession fever, which Abercrombie championed. Conservative Reps and Dems have 4 years to focus on keeping that pendulum swinging to the Right. Four more years of Abercrombie would have been as disasterous as re-electing Jerry the Moonbeam Brown will be to California.
[I hear that there is a good chance the GOP can win the Governorship.]
Right. We are going to go all out for Duke Aiona and his running mate Elwin Ahu.
Ah, but how will this effect the race for Obama’s Presidential Library? That is prestige and money!
Yes indeed the liberals of Honolulu have a wet dream mass transit rail system. It was touted heavily in Honolulu on how it will magically rid the streets of Honolulu of traffic jams. The sellers of the transit plan pitched the almost free cost since ‘the feds’ will be picking up a large part of the bill and the costs will be distributed throughout the state.......That didn’t go to well with the inhabitants of the other islands or anyone outside of the Pearl City Honolulu corridor. And that was it. About a 20 mile route to cost billions of dollars and with the corruption and cronyism in the police force and union construction firms the rail system would NEVER be completed. Throw in the native Hawaiians claiming every single rock a cultural heritage site they stopped the project cold as soon as the first shovel hit the dirt. Politicians that ran against the rail system did very well. Everyone assumed it was going to be free until they figured out they had to pay for it.
Obama encouraged Hawai’ans to vote for Abercrombie. Called Neil his homie, even.
Yup, and he asked me out when I was a student at UH. Creepy guy. Drove a yellow and black check New York taxi for our date. I ran away.
Wow...I guess he is a real deal. I know there are conservative Dems, but they’re as rare as a snowball in Hawai’i
Ho-Lee-Carp!! I knew it was a liberal bastion but had no idea Hawaii had gone that far down the rabbit hole...
I would like to think that you could give those islands to some reasonably bright business minds who know how to market and grow tourism and Hawaii would be more than self sufficient to the point of surplus.
Maybe Bennett in Utah but his was under a different system I think. He got pushed to third or fourth. Mike Lee and the other guy then ran.
Ok, thanks for your reply, I’ll google that!
I asked the same question, both of us forgot the obvious one.
Frank Murkwowsi in Alaska in 2006 came in THIRD with just 19% to 50.6% for Palin and 30% for another guy.
Anyway, the 2 outstanding precincts in the state are supposed to vote on Friday but rat Senate challenger Colleen Hanabusa is suing to prevent that, says too many people are still without power and water and won’t be able to make it to the polls. According to what I’ve read, the area favors her opponent, the appointed White incumbent Schatz, and will only increase his lead, so I don’t know what she’s doing.
The rat Senate drama would be delcious, if we had a strong GOP candidate, which we don’t.
The Governorship is another story, Duke Aiona (R) leads in the polls over Ige.
“Duke Aiona (R) leads in the polls over Ige.”
Well that’s interesting, and I’d *thought* I’d heard something like that a while ago, but not a peep from the pundits in all the recent discussion of this primary.
I think that woman is being silly, if the area really favors her opponent, she should want the vote to be now - if she thinks things are really still disrupted.
But, she’s probably just another lying liar and what she’s hoping is time will pass and folks will forget about voting.
Good call on Murkowski, yet the daughter is still in office, eh?
Even if the two precincts that haven’t voted favor Shatz, Hanabusa is wise to try to ensure a higher turnout: she’s down by 1,600 votes, and unless she has reason to believe that there was a problem with the count in the rest if the state that, if corrected, will make up the deficit, she somehow needs to net 1,600 votes in those two precincts, which is easier done with a turnout of 20,000 (where she would need 54% of the vote) than with a turnout of 10,000 (where she would need 58%).
Yes, after she lost the GOP primary in 2010 enough democrats abandoned their weak nominee and wrote in Lisa Murkowski’s name, combined with her RINO base that was enough for her to win the 3-way election. A pity Alaska doesn’t have a sore loser law that would have prevented her from running after losing the primary.
Yes, you’re right.
According to this article there are only 6,800 registered voters in these 2 precincts. If turnout is too light she’d screwed even if it was her territory.
The court rejects Hanabusa, looks like the vote will go on.
I personally find it shocking and amazing that Schatz, who was supposedly almost as unpopular as Abercrombie, will apparently retain and win the nomination over Inouye’s heir apparent Hanabusa. If he wins in November (and outrageously, the HI GOP gave this one a pass with a desultory opponent), he’ll be the first White Senator elected since Oren Long drew the short term in the 1959 statehood special. Frankly, the state GOP should ask Cavasso to step down and put up a credible (and preferably Asian or Native Hawaiian) candidate.