Primary Election Summary
A final printout issued by the State Office of Election shows Brian Schatz with a 1,635 vote lead over challenger Colleen Hanabusa for the democratic nomination. With all precincts accounted for at 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, Schatz has a final vote count of 113,800 (48.5%) compared to Hanabusa’s 112,165 (47.8%) vote.
The count does not include two polling places in Puna that were affected by Hurricane Iselle. Elections officials say ballots will be mailed out to the affected residents that would have voted at polling places at the Hawaiʻi Paradise Community Center and Keoneopoko Elementary School, a process that could take as long as three weeks.
The lead closed a bit after the fifth printout at 10:53 p.m., when Brian Schatz had a 1,788 vote lead on Hanabusa with a total of 105,798 (48.6%) compared to Hanabusa’s 104,010 (47.8%). Both are vying for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate. Shatz pulled ahead of Hanabusa after the third printout when it was 101,481 to 99,602 with three outstanding precincts. Prior to that, just 11 votes separated the two candidates.
In the race for lieutenant governor, Clayton Hee conceded to Shan Tsutsui of Maui for the Democratic nomination following the fourth printout.
Earlier this evening, Governor Neil Abercrombie conceded to fellow democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige, who was more than 60,000 votes ahead after the third printout at 8:53 p.m. The vote count represented absentee votes, and just 165 out of the 245 precincts in the state.
Outstanding are the votes from two polling places on Hawaii Island that were unable to open today because of the aftermath of Hurricane Iselle.
Please check back for the results of local races.