A ‘blowout’ win for pro-equality candidate in Hawaii

Hawaii held the last primary of the 2010 election season on Saturday. You remember that the current Governor, (twice-married, twice-divorced) Linda Lingle, vetoed the state’s civil unions bill earlier this year.

The contested Democratic primary was a battle between Neil Abercrombie, who would sign the civil unions bill, and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who wouldn’t. The headline from the Star-Advertiser said it all: Blowout: Abercrombie to face Aiona after trouncing Hannemann. Abercrombie won by a 60% – 38% margin. There was this tidbit in the article:

With little to separate them on public-policy issues — their most substantive difference was over civil unions — they made the primary about leadership ability. Abercrombie said he would be an agent of change against the status quo; Hannemann said he would be a consensus builder who could get things done.

The GOP candidate, Aiona, isn’t on our side, so there’s a clear choice in November.


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