Honolulu Mayor Caldwell re-elected, Djou concedes race

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has won his bid for re-election.

In the third printout, he maintained his lead with 124,688 votes (52.70%) over challenger Charles Djou’s 111,891 votes (47.30%).

With 98 percent of the votes counted, his victory is sealed.

“This island heard what we were doing and they want to give us another four years to even do more,” he said. “For me, it is about infrastructure, but it’s not about the stuff that’s underground, on the ground, and above the ground. It’s about the people who live on this aina. How do we help them to thrive, the million people here today, so we have neighborhoods where we have aloha for each other and welcome newcomers without building walls or cutting down bridges? And we do that by making the city more city to keep the country more country.”

Djou conceded the race after the results were released.

“I want you to know that this fight that we waged was a tough one,” Djou said. “We were outspent by more than a 3-1 margin. We went up against an incumbent administration with all the trappings of power. We went right at the teeth of the machine, and we took them on. We did this because we believed in this fight for a responsible, honest, accountable government.

“Friends, I want you to know, this is still a good fight. It is a worthy cause. It is a cause worth investing your time, your energy, and your resources, and I am very sorry that tonight I fell short for all of you,” Djou continued. “We gave it our all. We gave it our very, very best here.”

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