It’s the morning after the primary election – when the Democrats come together in show of unity. That hug features the team the Democrats are hoping can hold on to the office of Governor and Lt. Governor.
The standard bearer for the Democratic party in the race for Governor will be a long-time state senator who surprised everyone by beating the incumbent in the primary and David Ige now will face off with former Lt. Governor Duke Aiona and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
“As you go into the General Election, how do you feel? We feel terrific. We’re very focused in the campaign, we built a strong grass roots network because that’s what we thought would make a difference and that is what we’ll carry us through the general election.” Candidate David Ige said.
Republican Duke Aiona is banking on two things: a recent poll that has him with an early lead – and the historic upset of an incumbent Governor that he says is a call for change.
“I thought it was validated yesterday with the primary election with the result of the Ige-Abercrombie race.” Candidate Duke Aiona said.
I posed the 1994 scenario to Aiona – that year observers felt Independent candidate Frank Fasi was the spoiler – who helped the Democrats beat the Republicans in the race for Governor.
“Do you think this might happen again with your race with Mufi in the mix?” asked KHON. “Well – you have an independent who was a Democrat – a so-called Independent who was a Democrat his whole life – so his base lies there.” Aiona said.
Mufi Hannemann says he does not see himself as a spoiler. The Hawaii Independent Party candidate for Governor says his banking on the voters who helped him win the race for Mayor of Honolulu.
“But where the huge, biggest number of voters is in the middle, these are independent voters, perhaps 100,000 voters will come out.” Candidate Mufi Hannemann said. “Whether it’s Ige or Aiona, is where’s the executive experience that you can demonstrate that has resulted in positive things for the community.”
“And this is the fallacy – I’ve had 35 years of private sector and executive experience so I’ve got more than them combined.” Ige said.