Maui News Update: Hawaii Elects A New Governor

Democrat Neil Abercrombie elected Hawaii

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November 3, 2010
HONOLULU (AP) – Democrat Neil Abercrombie has been elected Hawaii’s next governor.
Abercrombie will be the state’s first Democratic governor in eight years, succeeding GOP Gov. Linda Lingle when he is sworn in on Dec. 6.

Abercrombie, a former 10-term congressman who represented urban Honolulu, defeated Republican James ”Duke” Aiona.

Abercrombie’s victory also made former state Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz the new lieutenant governor. In Hawaii, candidates for the state’s top two posts run on a ticket.

Aiona had been lieutenant governor. His running mate was state Rep. Lynn Finnegan.

Early returns showed Abercrombie with 58 percent of the vote and a nearly 19,000-vote lead over Aiona.

Article from the Maui News