Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

Since I'm up and on the West Coast (and slightly drunk), I'll do a returns thread.  Right now, it doesn't look good for Case.

Akaka (D)     87,102     54.85%     228 out of 353 reported
Case  (D)      71,712     45.15%     228 out of 353 reported

In order to pull this out, Case would need to win around 59% of the vote in the remaining precincts.

Also, voting's going smoothly.

Update (Chris): Akaka wins by about 9.5%. In the House race, Mazio Hirono seems to have edged out Colleen Hanabusa by 800 votes. I have no idea if one or the other or both or neither is the "progressive" candidate. Well done to all. Now it is on to the general election nationwide.

Case looks kind of mad.

Tags: Daniel Akaka, Ed Case, Hawaii (all tags)



Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

¡Viva Akaka!


by El Gato Negro 2006-09-24 01:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

Yeah Case conceded--Akaka wins!!  Thanks Matt for following this race.  Victory is sweet.  Is this a win for the netroots?  So what if Akaka is establishment...

by burroughs 2006-09-24 04:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%
Well, the guy who most of us wanted to win won, but we didn't really help him much.
by Chris Bowers 2006-09-24 07:34AM | 0 recs

In HI-2, Mazie Hirono is barely leading Colleen Hanabusa for the Dems, and surprisingly Bob Hogue is barely leading Quentin Kawananakoa (did I get that right? Geez it's a long name) for the GOP.

Democratic primary turnout appears to be substantially bigger than GOP primary turnout. End of the "Hawaii trending red" meme?

by Ament Stone of California 2006-09-24 06:25AM | 0 recs

the only high-profile races in Hawaii were for the Senate and 2nd CD, and nobody was expecting either of them to be competitive for the Republicans anyway. Kawananakoa's main selling point seemed to be that he could write his campaign big checks -- he outspent Bob Hogue 8:1 in the primary, and still lost.

also, Hawaii's primary doesn't require you to state party affiliation (they apparently give you the ballots for each party, and you pick one), so crossing over to vote in the other party's primary is easy.

by johnny longtorso 2006-09-24 07:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

Well considering the strength of Blogosphere lies in hooking up activists with each other and coordinating responses and since Hawaii is such a huge PHYSICAL distance away... I don't think there are a ton of MyDDers from Hawaii.

The internet bridges physical divides but some divides are easier to bridge than others.

by MNPundit 2006-09-24 09:42AM | 0 recs
Gov Race

OK, I realize that the GOP didn't have a big draw in the Hawaii Primary, but the second place Dem candidate for gov, who got trounced, got more votes than Laura Lingle did.  Is there no hope of making this a race? (Jonathan?)

Iwase, Randy (D)      118,887      66.45%      352 out of 353 reported / 99.72%
Aila, William J., Jr. (D)     43,761     24.46%     352 out of 353 reported / 99.72%
Tanabe, Van K. (D)     16,271     9.09%     352 out of 353 reported / 99.72%

Statewide, Republican
* Lingle, Linda (R)     31,211     97.43%     352 out of 353 reported / 99.72%

by The lurking ecologist 2006-09-24 09:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Hirono a weak candidate

I just got an e-mail from a Progressive friend in the islands and she says that Hirono is the machine-backed candidate and very weak, that Hogue might actually have a chance.  She favored Hanabusa and said that if the anti-machine vote hadn't been split so much in a 10-way primary it would have been better.

by InigoMontoya 2006-09-24 11:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

Mazie Hirono was the endorsed candidate of EMILY's List in the primary.  While I don't know what other progressive issues to measure the HI-02 candidates by, I feel confident that she is pro-choice since that is a major criterion for endorsement by EMILY's List.

by Phonatic 2006-09-24 11:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

here's her issues page:

http://mazieforcongress.com/index.cfm/pr eset/issues

she's obviously a DINO machine candidate.

by johnny longtorso 2006-09-24 12:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

Thanks for the link.  But now I want to know where you get DINO from the issues positions she has taken.  They read like reputable Democratic and progressive positions when I gave them a quick scan.

by Phonatic 2006-09-24 06:42PM | 0 recs
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I was being sarcastic.

by johnny longtorso 2006-09-25 04:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Up 54.85% to 45.15%

She was the Dem nominee for governor in 2002 and got beat by Lingle.  She was the first Democrat to lose for major office since statehood.

by HoosierJosh 2006-09-24 12:39PM | 0 recs
Mazie a DINO?

Living in Hawai'i at the time of 2002 race you must remember that Hirono's biggest challenger for the Democratic nomination was....Ed Case! The machine in Hawai'i is really powerful...but that's not all.

Hirono lost because Lingle exploited the glorious collapse of Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris' bid for Governor. Corruption (and the foul stench) help fueld Lingle's ability to argue that regulation had suffocated the business climate in Hawai'i. Note this was right after 2001 when the economy appears headed back to recession.

With the economy now running smoothly again there...and with the most progressive mayor they have seen in years...the Dems don't have much to worry about

by risenmessiah 2006-09-24 04:39PM | 0 recs


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