Lingle trounces Fasi
Trouble with the newStar-Bulletin staff
election system manifests
itself in delays
In a primary election that saw widespread problems with a new voting system, the state's first printout came out about 7:15 p.m. today, about an hour late. And some half-dozen polling precincts closed more than an hour past the official 6 p.m. shut time.
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See also the Office of Elections Web site. Hot primary-night contests included:
GOVERNOR, Republican race: Linda Lingle, Maui mayor for eight years, trounced Frank Fasi, former Honolulu mayor attempting his fifth bid for governor. Lingle takes on incumbent Democrat Ben Cayetano in the Nov. 3 general election.
LT. GOVERNOR, Republican race: Former state legislator Stan Koki, 51, who founded the state's largest carpet and drapery business, beat Mike Liu, 45, former state Senate minority leader and deputy undersecretary and assistant secretary of agriculture in President Bush's administration. Koki will team with Lingle to challenge incumbents Cayetano and Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono in the general.
OTHER CONTESTED RACES include mayor's races on Kauai and Maui, as well as county council seats; five Honolulu City Council contested races, the tightest shaping up between incumbent Andy Mirikitani and Russ Francis, in the Manoa-Ala Moana district; one U.S. Senate seat; both U.S. Representative seats; and state Board of Education races.
Several STATE SENATE incumbents went down in defeat, including:
1st District (North Hilo-Kohala): In the Democratic primary, Malama Solomon, a Senate dissident, came in third behind former Big Island Mayor Lorraine Inouye and political newcomer Frederick Holschuh, an emergency-room doctor. On the GOP side, former state Sen. John Carroll beat Costco businessman Chuck Clarke.
2nd District (South Hilo-Puna): Incumbent Democrat Sen. Wayne Metcalf, a member of the majority faction, lost to David Matsuura, son of the late Sen. Richard Matsuura, who once represented the district.
4th District (West-Maui-Molokai-Lanai): Democrat Rosalyn Baker, co-chairwoman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, fell to Jan Yagi Buen.
7th District (South Kauai-Niihau): Incumbent Democrat Sen. Lehua Fernandes Salling came in third behind winner Jonathan Chun, Kauai's first deputy county attorney.
21st District (Waianae-Makaha): Incumbent James Aki, a dissident who pleaded no contest to racketeering and allowing gambling on his Nanakuli property, lost to Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, an attorney.
22nd District (Wahiawa-North Shore): Dissident Sen. Robert Bunda appeared to have eked out a one-vote win over former Sen. Gerald Hagino. The ballots were being recounted as of midnight Sunday.
23rd District (Kaneohe-Kahuku-Heeia): In a seat being vacated by Senate Co-Majority Leader Mike McCartney, former state Rep. Bob Nakata easily won the Democratic race. He faces Republican Joe Pickard in the general election.