Features of Hawaii election


POSTED: Sunday, November 08, 2009

”;Back in the Day,”; appearing every Sunday, takes a look at articles that ran on this date in history in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaii's oldest continuously published daily newspaper. The items appear verbatim, so don't blame us today for yesteryear's bad grammar.

Delegate Joseph R. Farrington's unopposed march to final election by a tremendous territory-wide vote of Republicans and Democrats alike, and Democratic gains on the islands of Hawaii and Maui, were features of Hawaii's general election Tuesday.

Mr. Farrington, running for his second term, on the Republican ticket, retained the notable support he had registered in the primary election last month and added greatly to the primary total.

Hawaii's vote at the general will, when all compiled, run far ahead of that at the primary, principally because of heavy registration between the primary and the general election.

Election of one Democratic senator on Hawaii Thomas Pedro Jr., and two on Maui, Harold W. Rice (Reelected) and Clarence Crozier, are illustrative of Democratic gains which threatened to cost the Republicans control of the upper house.

That control was shaken in the early count last night when at times Senator David K. Trask, Democrat, running for reelection, forged ahead of Senator Francis H. I. Brown, also running for reelection.

But by midnight Senator Brown was establishing a lead in the counting and later precinct returns put him, at 7 this morning, about 1, 000 ahead of Trask.

Had Trask won, the territorial senate would have been composed of eight Democrats and seven Republicans.

Now it will be composed of eight Republicans and seven Democrats.