Honolulu, HI, United States (4E) – Hawaii state Sen. David Ige defeated Gov. Neil Abercrombie in Saturday’s Democratic primary by getting 67 percent of votes against the latter’s 32 percent.
The governor’s defeat was an upset as Ige, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, was unknown to many voters six months ago. Abercrombie, 76, also raised and spent $5 million to Ige’s P549,750 during the campaign and was endorsed by President Barack Obama and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He became the first governor since Republican William Quinn to lose a re-election in the Aloha State since 1962 and the only governor to lose in a primary.
Ige, 57, will face Republican Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann of the Hawaii Independent Party, in the November general election. Abercrombie has defeat and pledged to help Ige win in November.
“The governor’s office is the office of the people of Hawaii, and I’m going to do everything I can to see that David Ige occupies that office for all of the people of Hawaii,” Abercombrie said as he appeared on stage with Ige at the latter’s campaign headquarters in Moiliili Saturday night.