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Head of the Hawaiʻi Republican Party reviews 2022 election

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Former Lt. Gov. James R. "Duke" Aiona waves at passing cars while campaigning in Kailua, Hawaiʻi on Aug. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

This year's primary election positioned former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona as the Republican candidate for governor and Seaula Tupai Jr. for lieutenant governor. The election drew a large percentage of voters who pulled Republican tickets, almost as large as in 2002 when Linda Lingle was elected as Hawai‘i’s second-ever Republican governor.

Lynn Finnegan, head of the Hawaiʻi Republican Party, sat down with The Conversation to discuss the election results — and the road ahead to the general election in November. She served as minority leader for 8 years as a representative in the state House.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Aug. 17, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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