Quantcast

Primary settles most races in Democrat dominated Hawaii - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Primary settles most races in Democrat dominated Hawaii

(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File). FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, former U.S. Rep. Ed Case greets evening commuters while campaigning for the U.S. congressional seat representing urban Honolulu, in Honolulu. Hawaii voters head to the polls this... (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File). FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, former U.S. Rep. Ed Case greets evening commuters while campaigning for the U.S. congressional seat representing urban Honolulu, in Honolulu. Hawaii voters head to the polls this...
(AP Photo/Caleb Jones). In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 photo, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, right, and first lady Dawn Amano Ige smile after voting early in the state's primary election in Honolulu. Ige is seeking the nomination for a second term in office i... (AP Photo/Caleb Jones). In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 photo, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, right, and first lady Dawn Amano Ige smile after voting early in the state's primary election in Honolulu. Ige is seeking the nomination for a second term in office i...
(Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP). In this April 6, 2018 photo, former state Sen. John Carroll, who is running for Hawaii governor, speaks at a forum in Honolulu. Carroll said Hawaii “is in economic chaos,” and plans to sue to lift shipping ... (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP). In this April 6, 2018 photo, former state Sen. John Carroll, who is running for Hawaii governor, speaks at a forum in Honolulu. Carroll said Hawaii “is in economic chaos,” and plans to sue to lift shipping ...
(AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File). In this April 28, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, who is giving up her seat in Congress to run for Hawaii governor, talks with a guest at an event in Honolulu. Hawaii Gov. David Ige faces a stiff challen... (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File). In this April 28, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, who is giving up her seat in Congress to run for Hawaii governor, talks with a guest at an event in Honolulu. Hawaii Gov. David Ige faces a stiff challen...
(Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP). In this April 6, 2018 photo, state Rep. Andria Tupola, who is running for Hawaii governor in the Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 primary, speaks at a forum in Honolulu. Tupola said one of her primary focuses as gov... (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP). In this April 6, 2018 photo, state Rep. Andria Tupola, who is running for Hawaii governor in the Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 primary, speaks at a forum in Honolulu. Tupola said one of her primary focuses as gov...

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's weekend primary election will most likely settle the outcome of this year's major races.

That's because the Democratic Party continues to overwhelmingly dominate Hawaii politics. The Republican Party isn't even fielding candidates in most state legislative districts.

The most heated contests in Saturday's election are for governor and for the U.S. Congressional seat representing urban Honolulu.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging Gov. David Ige, a one-term incumbent, for the Democratic Party's nomination for governor. It's a move Ige himself successfully pulled four years ago when he, then a state senator, challenged and defeated Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the primary.

Both are experienced, long-time politicians in Hawaii, leading to a close race.

On the Republican side, state Rep. Andria Tupola is seeking the nomination along with former Pearl Harbor nonprofit CEO Ray L'Heureux and former state senator John Carroll.

Hanabusa's decision to run for governor opened up her congressional seat, prompting six major Democratic Party figures to enter the ring to succeed her.

The diverse list includes a 65-year-old fiscally conservative Democrat and a 29-year-old democratic socialist who advocates giving all Americans Medicare and making college tuition free. Two of the others gained notoriety by opposing President Donald Trump.

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, the conservative Democrat, leads the field in name recognition and experience, having served in Congress before.

Asami Kobayashi, who has been volunteering for the Case campaign, said she liked his message of bipartisanship.

"That's something that we really need right now when Congress seems to be really divided," Kobayashi said.

Another contender, Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, gained popularity when he was state attorney general by leading Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim-majority countries.

That, along with his support for boosting spending on public education and boosting teacher salaries, earned Chin earned the endorsement of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, one of the state's most powerful unions.

"We have seen that Doug Chin is courageous and is willing to take unpopular stands in order to protect minorities in this country," said Corey Rosenlee, the union's president.

Also running are veteran lawmaker Donna Mercado Kim, a former state Senate president, and Ernie Martin, the current chairman of the Honolulu City Council.

Kaniela Ing, a state representative, is hoping his calls for tuition free college, cancelling student debt and Medicare-for-all will help him reprise the dramatic come-from-behind victory his New York democratic socialist colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, scored two months ago. Ocasio-Cortez defeated a powerful sitting congressman in her Democratic primary in June.

Beth Fukumoto is another candidate who made her name opposing Trump. In her case, she was a member of the Republican Party, serving as the House Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, when she criticized Trump during the Women's March in Honolulu. Members of her party asked her to resign her leadership post afterward. In response, she quit the party altogether and joined the Democrats.

Fukumoto's defection whittled the Republican Party's presence in the state House to just five out of 51 members. There is currently no Republican in the 25-member state Senate.

There is also no Republican among the state's four-person Congressional delegation in Washington.

The GOP is fielding candidates in five of the 13 state Senate districts up for election this year. It has candidates running in less than 20 of the state's 51 House districts.

Turnout for the last midterm primary election in 2014 was 41.5 percent.

The state has made it easier to vote this year, allowing people to register on the day of the election at their polling place. People used to have to register a month before the election.

Hawaii has open primaries, meaning voters don't have to be members of a political party to vote for its candidates.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Racing stickers pour in for casket of Iowa boy with cancer

    Racing stickers pour in for casket of Iowa boy with cancer

    Monday, August 20 2018 2:08 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:08:19 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:54:11 GMT
    Racers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia.More >>
    Racers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia.More >>
  • Backstreet Boys fans treated for injuries after storm

    Backstreet Boys fans treated for injuries after storm

    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:37 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:37:18 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 2:38 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:38:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File). FILE - In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, and AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys, perform "Don't go Breaking My Heart" at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Aren...(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File). FILE - In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, and AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys, perform "Don't go Breaking My Heart" at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Aren...
    A southern Oklahoma casino says 14 fans suffered cuts and bruises when a powerful rainstorm toppled entrance trusses and disrupted the start of an outdoor concert by the Backstreet Boys.More >>
    A southern Oklahoma casino says 14 fans suffered cuts and bruises when a powerful rainstorm toppled entrance trusses and disrupted the start of an outdoor concert by the Backstreet Boys.More >>
  • Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

    Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

    Sunday, August 19 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-08-20 02:37:32 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 2:38 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:38:29 GMT
    Asia Argento - one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17. (Vianney Le Caer)Asia Argento - one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17. (Vianney Le Caer)

    The New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento _ one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement _ recently settled a lawsuit filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she...

    More >>

    The New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento _ one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement _ recently settled a lawsuit filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly