Hawaii Gov Abercrombie Dumped in Primary Stunner

Incumbent decisively defeated by state senator David Ige

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 10, 2014 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie had name recognition, history, a 10-to-1 spending advantage, and President Obama's endorsement all on his side in last night's Democratic primary. All of which couldn't save him from a stunning 67% to 32% defeat at the hands of state Sen. David Ige, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Abercrombie becomes the state's first incumbent governor to fall in a primary, and only the second to fail to secure re-election. Abercrombie was gracious in defeat, saying, "You have made a decision tonight, the Democratic Party has made a decision tonight. I'm going to do everything I can to see that David Ige occupies (the governor's office) for all of the people of Hawaii."

But though Abercrombie was quick to support Ige, his defeat could still open a window, a prominent Democrat tells Politico. "I anticipate that the Republicans, nationally, are smelling blood," says Randy Iwase, the Democrats' 2006 nominee for governor.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie addresses supporters of state Sen. David Ige as he looks on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Honolulu. Ige defeated Abercrombie in the state's primary.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie addresses supporters of state Sen. David Ige as he looks on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Honolulu. Ige defeated Abercrombie in the state's primary.   (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie speaks to supporters at Abercrombie headquarters, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 in Honolulu.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie speaks to supporters at Abercrombie headquarters, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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