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
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)

(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.

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Lake
Aug 13, 2014 7:28 PM CDT
A Republican president and Republican Congress in 2016 and the socialist programs that are outdated and proven not to work will be eliminated. No more payouts for social security or medicare, food stamps and unemployment gone , wasteful spending cut, this country will be on its way again. It will mean tightening the belt, but our great grandchildren will at least reap the benefit of our sacrifices. No one will if we don't and soon !
TheJman
Aug 11, 2014 10:20 PM CDT
He received the kiss of death from the worst president in American history. What was he thinking?
peter
Aug 11, 2014 5:26 PM CDT
ONE TOKE OVER THE LINE NEIL,YOU DAYS ARE OVER YOUNG BLOOD EVEN IF ITS A DEMOCRAT.