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August 13, 2016, 10:46 PM HST
* Updated August 14, 7:43 AM
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Hawai‘i County Former Mayor Harry Kim became mayor once again after today’s primary election, edging out a field of 12 other candidates.

Kim had a big lead over Wally Lau, Hawai‘i County’s former managing director, in early election returns on Saturday, Aug. 13, and was declared the winner later in the evening with a 50.4% of the votes.

Since receiving over 50% of the votes cast, Kim will become the Big Island’s mayor without a runoff race with Lau in November.

Kim led Lau 49.1% to 25.4%, when the second batch of results was released about 8:30 p.m.

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Sign made by Harry Kim’s supporters. Courtesy photo.

At 9:46 p.m., Kim clinched the election with 18,869 votes, more than twice Lau’s tally at 9,195 (24.6%).

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The results were confirmed at 11:30 p.m. in the fourth and final election results printout (see below), with Kim receiving 20,274 votes (50.5%).

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3rd Printout: 10:30 p.m.
42 of 43 districts counted

KIM, Harry 18,869 50.4%
LAU, Wally 9,195 24.6%
HOFFMANN, Peter S. (Pete) 3,839 10.3%
HAPAI, Marlene (Nachbar) 2,265 6.1%
MCCANDLESS, Shannon K.K. 776 2.1%
KA’EHU’AE’A, Wendell 356 1.0%
WEINERT, Eric, Jr. (Drake) 265 0.7%
AKINA, Alvin A., Jr. 230 0.6%
TAMASHIRO, Gene 216 0.6%
LUTA, Helen O. (Ole) 190 0.5%
WAUGH, Timothy R. (Timmy) 145 0.4%
CUNNINGHAM, Daniel H. 120 0.3%
BRYANT, Paul (Amaury) 118 0.3%
Blank Votes: 813 2.2%
Over Votes: 16 0.0%

4th Printout: 11:30 p.m.
43 of 43 districts counted

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KIM, Harry 20,274 50.5%
LAU, Wally 9,797 24.4%
HOFFMANN, Peter S. (Pete) 4,149 10.3%
HAPAI, Marlene (Nachbar) 2,456 6.1%
MCCANDLESS, Shannon K.K. 822 2.0%
KA’EHU’AE’A, Wendell 390 1.0%
WEINERT, Eric, Jr. (Drake) 287 0.7%
AKINA, Alvin A., Jr. 238 0.6%
TAMASHIRO, Gene 230 0.6%
LUTA, Helen O. (Ole) 201 0.5%
WAUGH, Timothy R. (Timmy) 162 0.4%
BRYANT, Paul (Amaury) 129 0.3%
CUNNINGHAM, Daniel H. 126 0.3%

 

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Harry Kim supporter. Courtesy photo.

Kim served as the Big Island’s mayor from 2000 to 2008, and was also the county’s longtime civil defense director.

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Harry Kim supporters. Courtesy photo.

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Harry Kim supporters. Courtesy photo.

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