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Sunday, September 24, 2000

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Mayor Jeremy Harris and wife Ramona address
the crowd after hearing first printout results.

First numbers showed him leading by 52 percent.

Harris hangs on,
wins reelection

He took 50.71 percent
of the vote for
Honolulu mayor

Late Breaking
Election Results

Star-Bulletin staff

The final printout from the Honolulu mayoral race shows Jeremy Harris with 94,067 votes, or 50.71 percent of the valid votes cast.

Mufi Hannemann has 65,652 votes, or 35.39 percent, while Frank Fasi has 23,293 votes, or 12.54 percent.

The results are unofficial, but the tally released at 6:22 a.m. HST Sunday includes all 214 of the precincts voting for mayor of Honolulu.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Mufi Hannemann welcomes Frank Fasi to his
headquarters on Kapiolani Blvd. Fasi was there
to throw his support to the Hannemann camp.

Harris' percentage would be lower if blank and over votes are counted, but the state Supreme Court ruled in October 1998 that they do not count as "votes cast" except in constitutional questions.

If confirmed, the vote means Harris wins a majority (50 percent plus one vote), so the race is over with no general election contest.

Harris faced two seasoned politicians in Hannemann, a twice-elected city councilman, and Fasi, who has previously served 22 years as mayor.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
At Harris headquarters on Nuuanu and Merchant streets,
Mayor Jeremy Harris and wife Ramona wait patiently
before the first printout.

In a Sept. 5-9 poll Honolulu Star-Bulletin/NBC Hawaii News 8 poll, more than half of Oahu voters said they liked Mayor Jeremy Harris' vision for Honolulu, while only 15 percent said they prefered Hannemann's message.

Harris' favorable rating was 61 percent, the highest since July 1996 and double the rating of Hannemann, whose favorable number of 33 percent was the same as it was in May.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. of Washington, D.C. The poll of 277 Oahu voters likely to participate in the primary election has a margin of error of plus or minus 7 percentage points.

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