Primary Election: Full recap with video

After the sixth printout, Brian Schatz is still in the lead over Colleen Hanabusa, however the margin has slimmed slightly. The printout was released at 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

Schatz has 49.32% to Hanabusa’s 48.61% with just 1,635 votes separating the two.

With 245 of 247 precincts reported, the race will now come down to those final two Big Island precincts that have yet to vote.

Full primary election results here.

Mahalo for joining us on-air and online for the primary. We’ll have the numbers updated overnight and more political coverage tomorrow.

Read our recaps of the major races here:

At least 158,000 people have voted absentee, but only 139,000 votes have been counted, which means 20,000 votes still need to be counted. All the precincts have been counted in the 11 p.m. printout, save for the two polling places in Hawaii County that have not yet voted — which consist of roughly 6,000 votes.

Chief elections officer Scott Nago says officials will count all the votes before releasing another printout, which will likely extend past midnight.

Brian Schatz has maintained his lead over Colleen Hanabusa after the 5th printout.

The latest numbers shows Schatz at 49.38% over Hanabusa’s 48.55%, with a lead of 1,788 votes.

“The first thing we’re going to do tomorrow is go to the Democratic Unity Breakfast,” he said. “Then we’ll regroup and certainly we’ll be on the Big Island.”

Diane Ako interviews him after the 5th printout:

Kristine Uyeno interviews Colleen Hanabusa:

Brian Schatz addressed his supporters at Fort Street Mall.

“This isn’t about who’s for me. This is about who I’m for. And this is about the people of the state of Hawaii. This is about making the change we need to make,” he said.

Schatz also called attention to residents on the Big Island who are still struggling in the aftermath of Iselle.

Charles Djou, the Republican candidate for U.S. Congressional District 1, joins KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky in studio to discuss the election.

Democratic candidate for governor David Ige says he will continue to work on a grassroots campaign. “It really is person-to-person, network-to-network,” he said. “That really is the theme of the campaign and that’s what made us so successful.”

Ige plans to head to Kauai next to thank supporters there after Iselle and Julio canceled previous campaign plans.

Colleen Hanabusa addressed supporters in Palama. “This election is not over. It is far from over,” she said.

“There are still three precincts out there and it’s 1,800 votes that make the difference. Can you imagine that?” she said to applause. “However this comes out, this campaign has less money as you can possibly get, less mainland endorsements than you could possibly get, that this campaign would bring it to just a short 1,800 votes. What kind of statement is that? It is an amazing statement by all of you.”

In the fourth printout, Brian Schatz has pulled ahead against Colleen Hanabusa for the first time tonight in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate.

Schatz now has 49.42% of the vote versus Hanabusa’s 48.51%.

Schatz supporter Randy Perreira, HGEA executive director, says the campaign is “cautiously optimistic.”

It was a feeling echoed by State Rep. John Mizuno, who supports Hanabusa.

Perreira says the decision may rest with the two Hawaii County polling places that have not yet voted.

Hawaii Independent Party’s Mufi Hannemann joined KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky in studio. Hannemann will now run against David Ige and Duke Aiona for governor in the general election.

“I didn’t think my opponent would have been David Ige to tell you quite frankly. I don’t think anybody in the state knew it was going to be David Ige, so he defied the odds and he certainly deserves a lot of congratulations,” he said. “But I think in the general election, the dynamics change and I think the message tonight was people want their voice to be heard. They want to be respected. They want leaders who are going to respond to it.”

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Governor Abercrombie is now at David Ige’s headquarters to throw his support for the Democratic candidate for governor.

“We’re onipaa, we’re steadfast, we’re for David Ige for governor.”

GOP party chair Pat Saiki joins KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky in studio to discuss the election.

Donna Mercado Kim has conceded the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 1 to Mark Takai. “At this point in time, I’m not thinking about anything beyond tomorrow,” she said.

Kim has two years left on her term as state senator, however she says she is also seriously considering stepping down as Senate president after the general election.

“I never really aspired to be Senate president,” she said. “I really wasn’t able to be in the committees, do the bills, and ask the kinds of questions and hold accountability. That’s something I’m really going to have to think about.”

Republican candidate for governor James “Duke” Aiona sits down with KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky.

Democratic candidate for governor David Ige spoke with KHON2’s Jai Cunningham after Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s concession speech.

“We were working hard that last week to try and get the vote out. We knew that getting voters to the polls was very important,” he told KHON2. “Then the storms hit and we were very concerned about the change in momentum. We shut down election activities because we didn’t want to interfere. But it ended up being the right thing and the final vote count is overwhelming.”

Governor Neil Abercrombie has conceded in the Democratic race for governor. He addressed his supporters at Ward Warehouse:

“Faith and trust have been placed in me and I’ve tried to honor that faith and trust to the very best of my ability. Whatever shortcomings I have, whatever faults I have, I can guarantee you, one of them has never been a failure to give all I can every day that I can for Hawaii,” he said.

“Nancy and I are going over there to congratulate him, shake his hand and tell him that we’re going to put all our efforts behind (him). Our whole ohana is going over there to the Ige headquarters to tell him that we’re going to be behind him 100 percent.”

Democratic candidate for governor David Ige addressed his supporters at Varsity Building and said the experience has been heartwarming.

“I think we have lots to be encouraged about… but it’s still a little early,” he said. “When we started this 13 months ago, I probably had more people tell me I was crazy than really believing this night could happen… Many asked why we were doing it, but we just felt it was the right time.”

Ige also thanked Will Okabe and the Hawaii State Teachers Association, as well as former governors George Ariyoshi and Ben Cayetano for their support.

Third printout shows an incredibly tight race for U.S. Senate for the Democrats. Just 11 votes separate Colleen Hanabusa from Brian Schatz.

In the Democratic governor’s race, David Ige maintains his lead at 67.82% over Neil Abercrombie’s 31.08%.

Mark Takai is at 44.34% over Donna Mercado Kim’s 28.76% for Congressional District 1 (D).

For the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Shan Tsutsui is at 53.55% over Clayton Hee’s 36.37%.

“We’re disappointed that the governor’s message didn’t get across,” Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair William Aila told KHON2’s Ron Mizutani. “We really feel the governor’s not getting credit for all the good things he and his cabinet have done.” Aila cited Abercrombie’s progress in climate change and the environment during his administration.

On the Republican side, it’s pretty much determined who will represent the party in the major races in the General Election:

AIONA, Duke: 15,578, 97.33%

Lieutenant Governor
AHU, Elwin P.: 10,160, 70.31%
SUTTON, Warner “Kimo”: 4,291, 29.69%

U.S. Senator
CAVASSO, Cam: 9,339, 71.63%

U.S. Representative, Dist I
DJOU, Charles: 7,671, 96.78%

What was in the 2nd printout? Only 3,599 votes cast today with more neighbor island votes versus Oahu. The results now include 7 of 41 Big Island precincts, 7 of 35 Maui precincts, 3 of 16 Kauai precincts, 14 of 153 Oahu precincts, all walk-in statewide and most mail-in statewide.

Mark Takai hasn’t claimed victory in the Democratic race for the District 1 Congressional seat, although he says “we’re in a good place right now.”

“The fact is we have a complete, broad-based message that I believe resonated with the voters of the Congressional district,” he said.

Congressional candidate Kathryn Xian offers the following statement on the results of tonight’s primary election.

“Congratulations to Mark Takai on his victory tonight. Our spirited debates brought fresh ideas about building communities that meet everyone’s needs.

“I ran for Congress to put people before profits. I’m proud to have shown future leaders that campaigns can create change without being bankrolled by big business.

“I am especially grateful for my supporters, who helped me fight for progressive values. Let us continue the movement we started in this campaign by championing housing for the homeless, GMO labeling for consumers, and a living wage for all of Hawaii’s people.”

“This is a historic night,” said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Neil is someone who has passionately served Hawaii for most of his life. No one can take that away from him.”

Gabbard also commended the military experience of candidates Mark Takai and Charles Djou. “I think it’s a great thing that we do have two veterans from Hawaii who’ve both served overseas in the Middle East on different deployments running for Congress, offering to bring that experience that they’ve had with them to serve. This is especially critical at a time when we have fewer veterans still serving in Congress than ever before.”

Gov. Neil Abercrombie campaign supporter Barbara Tanabe isn’t phased by the second printout, which included 18,000 additional votes. “That’s a rather small sample size for a printout, and it doesn’t really change the percentage,” she said. “What we’d like to see is another printout with larger numbers, perhaps with neighbor island polls, so that we can truly get a better picture of what the night is going to show.”

As for decisions like the H-1 Rehab, a major project that was conducted during the election year, Tanabe said, “he felt it was the right thing to do and so he made those decisions and we’re very proud of him for doing that.”

The second printout shows David Ige with 65.8% of the vote with Neil Abercrombie at 31%.

In the race for the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Colleen Hanabusa maintains a slim lead over Brian Schatz with 49.5% to 47.1%.

For U.S. Representative District 1, Mark Takai is the strong leader at 43.7% to Donna Mercado Kim’s 26.3%.

Honolulu City Council Vice Chairman Ikaika Anderson, candidate for U.S. Congress, issued this statement:

“Mahalo to my family, my campaign team and all the people who stood behind us this last year. This is not the end, it’s just the beginning. Congratulations to the democratic nominee, state Rep. Mark Takai. I will do every thing possible to help Mark become the next Congressman from Hawaii! Imua!”

Full results here.

U.S. Rep. District 1 candidate Mark Takai says it’s still early with only about a third of the vote in. “Although we’re extremely pleased and excited about how we are right now, it’s still too early,” he told KHON2’s Kirk Matthews. “We worked extremely hard. We had a huge team, Team Takai, working on our behalf. We developed a campaign plan and strategy and it was just a matter of implementing it. We got the resources from everyone across the state and some people from the mainland really helping us out.”

This second printout will include an additional 31 polling places and 18,000 more votes.

U.S. Rep. District 1 candidate Donna Mercado Kim says she’s optimistic and not giving up just yet. “I was surprised at the first printout. Our polls showed very differently,” she said. “I think a lot of our voters went to the polls today to vote.”

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano predicts victory for David Ige. “I’ve never seen that kind of margin before. I think it’s pretty much over,” he said. “A lot of people were upset with the governor and it’s a combination of that plus David’s own campaigning.”

How can we see the results when two polling places have not yet had a chance to vote? Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago says that, according to the Hawaii Revised Statutes, “we can delay the voting for natural disasters. It’s also pretty clear that we cannot hold the results for the remaining precincts that weren’t affected. That was our reading and that was the advice we got from the attorney general to do this. That’s why we did what we did today.” Nago says it would be up to the legislature to change that policy.

Here are some interesting races to note:

State Senator, Dist 4 – D (0 of 12)
INOUYE, Lorraine Rodero 1,620 56.52%
SOLOMON, Malama 1,246 43.48%

State Representative, Dist 4 – D (0 of 2)
SANBUENAVENTURA, Joy A. 210 44.78%
HANOHANO, Faye Pua 89 18.98%
BRONSON-CRELLY, Leilani 70 14.93%
JORDAN, Brian F. 58 12.37%
PELEIHOLANI, Julia K. 42 8.96%

State Representative, Dist 23 – D (0 of 5)
CHOY, Isaac W. 1,170 53.18%
KINNEY, Nathaniel Keoki 1,030 46.82%

State Representative, Dist 41 – D (0 of 4)
LOPRESTI, Matthew 742 64.02%
CABANILLA, Rida 417 35.98%

State Representative, Dist 43 – D (0 of 5)
AWANA, Karen Leinani 462 58.33%
ELI, Stacelynn K.M. 330 41.67%

Councilmember, Dist IV (0 of 17)
WATERS, Tommy 3,662 40.85%
OZAWA, Trevor 2,746 30.63%
IWASA, Natalie J. 2,380 26.55%
STROUBLE, Carl 177 1.97%

Councilmember, Dist VI (0 of 21)
FUKUNAGA, Carol 4,335 52.07%
AIONA, Sam 1,890 22.70%
TOKUSATO, Joli 1,683 20.21%
MILLER, Steve 418 5.02%

Councilmember, Dist VIII (0 of 16)
ELEFANTE, Brandon 3,411 63.97%
HUFANA-ABLAN, Baybee 877 16.45%
GRUNCH, Russ 522 9.79%
POULTON, Brysen 522 9.79%

You can view the full results here.

Howard Dashefsky interviews Stephanie Ohigashi, Democratic Party chair, in our studio. “Whether it’s Neil or David, the Democratic party is a great big rainbow,” she said. “We’re going to send a message of a unified Democratic party and we’re going to do everything we can to prove that we can do the job and we’re going to be back in Washington Place on November 4.”

In the race for U.S. Senate, Colleen Hanabusa is just slightly ahead at 50.29% while Brian Schatz is at 47.96%. Full results here.

“We’ve always expected this race to be close,” said campaign press secretary Peter Boylan. “While we are encouraged by these numbers, we know we have a long way to go.”

“We don’t know what it means yet,” said state Rep. Karl Rhoads, who supports Brian Schatz. “Brian is one of the few people who really understand that climate change is not only a threat to us and a way of life on our islands but it’s also an opportunity for us to be leaders in the world on this very important topic.”

The first numbers are now in and David Ige has 67.17 percent of the vote in the governor’s race compared to Neil Abercrombie at 31.74%. Full results here.

Takayama says, “We’re elated with the numbers” as supporters cheer in the background, while Iwase says, “It’s a long night. There’s a lot of votes left to count.” Both supporters acknowledge the night is still early.

Remember, you will get the results first on

At 6:51 p.m., five polling places remain open on Oahu. The Big Island polls are now closed (save for the two that were postponed due to Iselle).

Election officials only report the results when all polls are closed.

The first printout will have 104,000 votes.

Former Hawaii state senator Randy Iwase, a supporter of Governor Abercrombie, speaks with Ron Mizutani. “It is his last campaign after 40 years of service,” Iwase said. “I know that for him, this is a very important campaign. He wants to finish what he started.”

Current state Rep. Gregg Takayama explains his support for David Ige, telling KHON2’s Jai Cunningham, he works closely with Ige in the district of Pearl City, and that “he’s a terrific teacher, terrific supporter and he’s been a terrific leader of our community.”

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Here’s where some of our reporters are stationed:

  • Gina Mangieri: State Capitol
  • Ron Mizutani: Neil Abercrombie at Ward Warehouse
  • Jai Cunningham: David Ige at Varsity Building
  • Diane Ako: Brian Schatz at Fort Street Mall
  • Kristine Uyeno: Colleen Hanabusa in Palama

From Gina Mangieri:

The first results are expected to come out at around 6:30-7:00 and include 100 percent of early walk-in votes and 75 percent mail-in votes.

In this election, about 23 percent of registered voters, or roughly 160,000 people, have cast their ballot early.

No final results expected today as two polling places still haven’t voted.

Gearing up for the newscast. We go live at 6 p.m. Watch our live stream here.



It’s primary election day in Hawaii and tonight KHON2 is bringing you team coverage of the races.

We’ll be running a live blog as the night progresses, so check back for updates and videos on various candidates, interviews and developments as they happen.

Top election results will be posted in real time on our homepage, with a full list of results posted here and clickable by race.

We’ll also be live-tweeting using the hashtag #HIVOTE, so feel free to join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

Our live election coverage doesn’t start until 6 p.m., but you can preview the key races here:

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