Hawaii Governor (2006)
U.S. President: Hawaii (2008)
Oct 18, 2010
New Rothenberg Political Report Rating
Toss-up (was Lean-D)
Sep 24, 2010
Abercrombie, Aiona Face Off For Seat
Linda Lingle (R), first elected in 2002, is term limited. Her lieutenant governor these past eight years, James "Duke" Aiona, is the Republican nominee. But the real action in the Sept. 18 primary was the nasty Democratic contest between Neil Abercrombie, who gave up the House seat he held for 19 years to run, and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. The two have had a history of bad blood going back to 1986, when they first opposed each other in a House race.
The big issue in the primary, as it will be in the general election, is civil unions: the liberal Abercrombie supported them, and Hannemann (and Republican Aiona) did not. Another issue, brought up by Hannemann, was ethnicity; he reminded the state's nonwhite majority that Abercrombie is white. But Abercrombie won the primary convincingly and Hannemann has agreed to work for the ticket. The race is expected to be close. -Ken Rudin
Sep 1, 2010
Can Democrats Take Back Governor Seat?
Linda Lingle (R), first elected in 2002, is term limited. The state holds its primary on Sept. 18.
New NPR Rating