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Reports from HPR's political reporter Wayne Yoshioka

Election 2014 Highlights

Nick Yee
Nick Yee
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At the 4th election printout, 

David Ige beat Republican Duke Aiona with 49.0%, and DukeAiona drew in 37% . 
Independent Mufi Hannemann drew 11.6% and Liberterian Jeff Davis drew  1.4%. 

Governor-elect David Ige waited until the third print out of election results before talking to his supporters about winning.  He thanked his backers, and both looked back at the campaign and ahead to his new administration. 

Ige will take office as Hawaii’s eight governor next month.

Republican Duke Aiona came out to talk with his supporters last night when it became clear he would not win the gubernatorial race.  Aiona spoke about the importance he placed on family and on values, and he encouraged his followers to continue to pursue their beliefs. 

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Aiona also told his supporters that it’s important that they keep their faith in “trust, respect, and balance.”

Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann came in third in the gubernatorial race.  The results were not a shock to him and his supporters, but they were still a disappointment. 

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Hannemann says he’s not sure what his next step will be, although he does plan to take some time off to consider his options.

In the Congressional District 1 race:
Mark Takai beat Charles Djou with a 51.2%  lead over Djou’s 47.4%.

The race between Charles Djou and Mark Takai turned out not to be as close as the polls suggested it might be.  In his concession speech, Djou said he still believes in the importance of a competitive 2 party system, among his other core values. 

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Djou said he gave the campaign his “strongest effort” and he wished Mark Takai well during his time in office.

Mark Takai moved ahead in the first returns, and stayed ahead as the remaining votes came in. 

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Takai thanked his opponent for running a campaign based on the issues, and for “making us work hard.”

There was a last minute turnaround for the Maui ballot initiative to ban GMO's. After trailing all night, it ended up passing 50.2% to 47.9%.

In the District IV Honolulu City Council race, Trevor Ozawa took the lead over Tommy Waters 44.1% over 43.9%, with a difference of just 47 votes. 

368,978 voters cast their ballots, bringing the total voter turnout to 52.2%, the lowest in Hawaii state history for a General Election. The second lowest was in 2006, when 52.7% of registered voters came to the polls.

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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