Incumbent U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie received a campaign memento from supporter Jimmy Chong last night at his campaign headquarters.


Mink’s popularity
shows up at polls

The congresswoman has been
in intensive care since Sept. 1

By Rod Antone

Ill or not, U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink's popularity showed last night in the voting booth.

By the third printout, which had all but mail-in absentee votes, Mink had 82.5 percent, or 66,575 votes.

Mink's Democratic opponent, Steve Tataii, had 14,065 votes, or 17.4 percent.

It appeared Mink would face Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott in the general election. McDermott was well ahead in the GOP primary with 19,925 votes, or 71.6 percent, as of the third printout. His opponent, James M. Donovan, had 7,873 votes, or 28.3 percent.

At Republican headquarters on Kapiolani Boulevard, McDermott smiled, then sighed and said, "I just wish I knew who I'll be facing in the general (election). It's hard not knowing Patsy's condition. It kind of makes it difficult to plan a campaign.

"I guess it's all in God's hands now."

Libertarian Party candidate Jeff Mallan pulled ahead of his opponent, Lawrence (Lehr) Duquense, with 95 votes to 70 votes.

The only unopposed candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat was Nicholas Bedworth of the Natural Law Party. He automatically advanced to the general election.

In the race for the 1st Congressional District seat, U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie had no opponent in the Democratic primary and automatically advanced. It was the same for Libertarian James H. Bracken.

The only close race for the 1st District seat was between Republican party candidates Mark Terry and Stephen N. Bischoff. By the third printout, Terry had 8,610 votes , 38.2 percent, and Bischoff had 7,865 votes, 34.9 percent.

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