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Cayetano falls short of 50%; to face Caldwell in November

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 04:34 p.m. HST, Oct 23, 2012

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano ended the night far ahead of all challengers in Saturday's mayoral primary but fell short of the majority of the votes he needed to win the race outright. 

Mayor Peter Carlisle conceded the election, leaving former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell to face Cayetano in the November general election.

With only a few late absentee votes to be counted, and all precincts reporting on Oahu, Cayetano was had nearly 45 percent, followed by Caldwell at nearly 30 percent and Carlisle at 25 percent.

Carlisle conceded the race and then headed over to Caldwell and Cayetano headquarters to congratulate them.

“It’s clear to me that we're not going to prevail tonight.” he told supporters before leaving his headquarters after the 9 p.m. results were announced.

Cayetano said he is prepared for the general election. 

“I’ve never experienced the level of enthusiasm of supporters in my other eight elections as I have in this ninth election,” he added. “Once I announced that I was going to run, people felt now they had a choice and that they came forward to support me.”

Caldwell said he's been speaking to working families at union halls and seeking support of working families throughout the campaign. He said now he also will seek support from all corners of the island, including Carlisle supporters.

“I’m hopeful his supporters will consider my position on rail to be similar to the mayor's and they'll help me,” Caldwell said.

Cayetano is a stauch opponent of the $5.26 billion rail transit system. Caldwell and Carlisle support the project.

The three major candidates settled in at their respective campaign headquarters -- joined by supporters who enjoyed pupus and live entertainment -- as they gathered to watch the results roll in.

The three major candidates settled in at their respective campaign headquarters -- joined by supporters who enjoyed pupus and live entertainment -- as they gathered to watch the results roll in.

Earlier in the day, Caldwell and Cayetano voted at their respective polling places. 

Caldwell also voted, for the first time, with his daughter, Mya, who recently turned 18.

Carlisle, who turned in his ballot this week through early walk-in voting, began the day on official city business, attending a memorial service and funeral for Honolulu Police Ofc. Chad Morimoto, who died July 23 when his motorcycle crashed during a training session in Mililani.

He spent the rest of the day canvassing the island from Mililani, Waipahu and Pearl City to Kaneohe and Kailua, ending at his campaign headquarters on Ward Avenue.

"Today started very, very early and a whole bunch of people did this caravan thing with me and we went absolutely what seemed like all over the island for hours and hours and hours on end," Carlisle said as he greeted his supporters at headquarters. "I think we put together an absolutely fantastic campaign, it's something the likes of which I have never seen.”

Cayetano has mixed campaigning with resting after getting a health scare earlier in the week when he was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer. He was released Tuesday after spending two nights at the Queen’s Medical Center to have the condition diagnosed and treated.


Star-Advertiser reporters Rosemarie Bernardo, Gary Kubota and Sarah Zoellick contributed to this report.

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Changalang wrote:
" on the cusp of getting a Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration for $1.55 billion. ".................It does not exist. Carlisle lied; and Rail died.
on August 11,2012 | 06:40PM
false wrote:
Yeah! Ben. Hanging tough. YEAH!
on August 11,2012 | 09:08PM
Changalang wrote:
Last predictions: Federal Court struggles and FFGA before the General. The winds have shifted. Moving on. :)
on August 11,2012 | 10:13PM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
F Rail. Go Ben. Wipe Out The Rail Mafia
on August 11,2012 | 10:09PM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on August 11,2012 | 10:19PM
OldDiver wrote:
Exactly. Ben "Tea Party" Cayetano is not a Demorat anymore.
on August 11,2012 | 10:25PM
kainalu wrote:
Those photos of Ben at the Democratic "Unity" Breakfast CRACKED ME UP! Gotta check them out if you can. I know HNN has some displayed. But that huge "margin of victory" well tighten up now. It's pretty simple: how many of Carlise's vote will each get? If rail is the singular-issue, that favors Ben. But if the rest of the issues facing our City count for anything, Ben could lose. Caldwell is a proven manager. Trust me, rail isn't the single-issue driving everyone's vote - it isn't mine. I'll be dead before any rail is built. At the least, this ought to be a barn-burner. I can't wait!
on August 12,2012 | 11:19AM
niimi wrote:
53% were misled, not 55%. The wind has staunchly shifted against rail. Let's see how much money the unions have left in them. The unions will be outspent. Imua Ben. Imua BRT.
on August 11,2012 | 10:59PM
OldDiver wrote:
The money is coming, period. You are just repeating Ben "Fear Mongering" Cayetano talking point.
on August 11,2012 | 10:22PM
ammb3 wrote:
Ha! Like the $100 million out the $250 million that we asked for? Lol.
on August 12,2012 | 04:30AM
KurtNJ wrote:
55% pro rail! Choo choo caboogie! Same total as the last rail vote.
on August 11,2012 | 11:24PM
matsuyama wrote:
Rail will bust Honolulu's budget. It is twice as expensive as NASA's recent MARS landing, it is ten times more expensive per capita than any other transit project in the nation, ever.. There are no plans on how to pay to maintain and operate it after it's done, property taxes will have to be raised, which means whether you own or rent, your monthly payments will go up $50-$100 per month.
on August 11,2012 | 06:41PM
what wrote:
And even if we get the $1.5 billion from the federal government, it will pay for only 25% of the cost to build rail. Compare that to H-3, which was 90% paid for by federal money. And all cost overruns will be paid for completely by Oahu taxpayers.
on August 11,2012 | 07:58PM
niimi wrote:
O&M predicted to be $100 Million, but the latest total is $294 Million per year to run the train when it start to run. It will rise from there. TheBus is toast! That is unless you stop the train.
on August 11,2012 | 11:01PM
matsuyama wrote:
The rail that nobody is going to ride is going to bankrupt this city.
on August 11,2012 | 06:45PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The Frankentrain.

It threatens our village! Kill it! Kill it! Bring your torches and your pitchforks. Stab it, burn it, show it pictures of Pete Carlisle naked. Aye, scare it to death. It will devour our children and lay waste to our homes.

It lives and breathes and grows but, valiant ones, it is vulnerable! It can be killed! It must be killed! It shall be killed!

on August 11,2012 | 07:11PM
Changalang wrote:
As if the campaign wasn't negative enough; now we have to live with the mental image of Jed Clampett without his duds.
on August 11,2012 | 07:18PM
OldDiver wrote:
Ben Cayetano accused Carlisle and Caldwell of using 1930's Chicago gangland style politics against him. This is dirty campaigning at it's worse.
on August 11,2012 | 10:28PM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Yeah, PRP shot his banner...or so, the story goes.
on August 11,2012 | 10:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Can Ben NO hang in there for the Generals in November? Hope he don't blow another gasket.
on August 11,2012 | 09:49PM
drt wrote:
Wow Nanakuli, from your post's Caldwell already has it in the bag come November right? so why worry about Governor Cayetano blowing a gasket? are you worried the general public will realize Ben's message about rail and our failing infrastructure will come to fruition?
on August 12,2012 | 12:13AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Not with 44% it won't.
on August 11,2012 | 10:39PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
See brown nose Kobayashi at JN Audi HQ.
on August 11,2012 | 07:57PM
PMA wrote:
Must be too late for ODD, the blues and nanikulithug, they get up At 6am to blog. Can't wait to see the spin from those #% €£~.
on August 11,2012 | 09:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I posted above you,pma?
on August 11,2012 | 09:20PM
PMA wrote:
So you did! Up late. Guess you're on the late shift tomorrow morning. Get some rest. You'll need it.
on August 11,2012 | 09:32PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No spin PMA, just facts.....voters today said 75,000 vitas for NO.....92,000 for RAIL! I really doubt that Carlisle voters would jump to cayetaNO. The people have spoken.
on August 11,2012 | 09:33PM
matsuyama wrote:
Yes, the people are too ignorant to understand that they just voted themselves the biggest tax hike ever. I think most rail supporters have no idea that we aren't just getting a rail, we are getting the most expensive rail any city has ever bought. And boy are we going to pay. After the rail is built, property taxes will have to be raised. It's the only way to pay for it.
on August 11,2012 | 10:12PM
Kapcity wrote:
Come general electon....you can kiss your Cayetano goodbye!!!
on August 11,2012 | 11:18PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No 50% plus 1 for NO. As I see it, 75,000 vote NO......92,000 Vote Rail...also Civil Beat BS poll with NO at 55% was pure shibai...Also Berg is toners.
on August 11,2012 | 09:25PM
kinkyhobo wrote:
Have the majority of people on Oahu ever lived in a city served by a bus rapid transit system? Have the majority ever used a bus rapid transit system? There seems to be so much excitement over such a system, I wonder if its because they like the idea of a BRT system or is it a case of anything else beside rail?
on August 11,2012 | 09:49PM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on August 11,2012 | 10:23PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I've been to ten times the foreign countries that you've been to. All you've seen is the rear end of an ox, fool!
on August 12,2012 | 10:33PM
MKN wrote:
@kinkyhobo: Its more like we shouldn't have to spend $5.3 Billion for the same amount of traffic relief that a BRT system would provide at 1/5th of the cost.
on August 12,2012 | 01:55AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hobos don't know anything - brt will achieve the same thing but quicker and 1/5 the cost!
on August 12,2012 | 10:31PM
Keone_Mikaele wrote:
F Rail! Go Ben- Eliminate These Rail Mafia Thugs
on August 11,2012 | 10:08PM
Fred01 wrote:
Assuming that the Carlisle and Cladwell voters join together in November, it looks like Cayetano will lose.
on August 11,2012 | 10:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Roger that fred01....especially all the anti fanatics who vote cayetaNO and called Carlisle, Carliar!! They absolutely hated Carlisle and now they going to ask those votes to go Ben? I NO think so.
on August 11,2012 | 10:15PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
As of 10 pm, 90,000 voted NO, 110,000 Voted YES to RAIL!.......that's 45% No and 55% YES.
on August 11,2012 | 10:26PM
MKN wrote:
While 110,000 voted for the other two candidates. It doesn't mean that all of them will vote for Caldwell since 25% of them voted for Carlisle. Remember that Caldwell is linked to Mufi who got eliminated earlier tonight by a wide margin. If Cayetano can effectively link Caldwell to the corruption in Mufi's administration, he has a pretty good chance of winning in November. Only time will tell though.
on August 12,2012 | 02:01AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Ben has his own mafia remember when he was the governor! All the contracts he gave out with out bids AND THATS A FACT!!!!!
on August 12,2012 | 06:50AM
Changalang wrote:
Last predictions: Federal Court troubles and FFGA before the General. Moving on. :)
on August 11,2012 | 10:12PM
ukuleleblue wrote:
Rail is alive and well! And that is a good thing because we need it for our future.
on August 11,2012 | 10:34PM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on August 11,2012 | 10:34PM
MKN wrote:
Ah so he's a traitor since he doesn't agree with you? Also, is that a threat? If it is, you know that's illegal!!! Making threats on-line can get you thrown in jail. LOL!!!
on August 12,2012 | 02:04AM
kinkyhobo wrote:
What happens if Carlisle in his remaining time in office, distributes all the contracts for rail? If Cayetano enters office in January, and tries to stop rail, will the city be in court with every single vendor defending a breach of contract lawsuit?
on August 11,2012 | 10:41PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Roger that kinkypoo, cayetaNO cannot stop rail. Look at the numbers.
on August 11,2012 | 10:52PM
MKN wrote:
Actually it can be stopped. Governor Chris Christie stopped the Big Dig project in the middle of the construction phase, so you saying that no one can stop rail is an outright lie!!! Besides, if it weren't possible to stop rail, why did they hire 19 public relations firms to advertise and advocate for rail? LOL!
on August 12,2012 | 02:07AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
JWOWW and Snooki did more for New Jersey that Christie. Christies answer is more casinos. That way he has a free pass to the all you can eat buffet line.
on August 12,2012 | 08:08AM
sailfish1 wrote:
If Carlisle starts awarding all kinds of rail contracts before he leaves office, he will be sabotaging rail with shoddy overpriced contracts. He may do so but he will also be cutting his own throat as far as any future political ambitions he has. Don't forget what happened to Mufi Hanneman - he if finished in Hawaii.
on August 12,2012 | 09:13PM
Kapcity wrote:
Go Rail go!!!!
on August 11,2012 | 10:46PM
niimi wrote:
We knew we could coast on the spending for the primary because Ben was in, but now we will make the Unions spend the most money they have ever spent in the history of politics in Hawaii. The public majority is against rail so that is the public majority for Ben. Game on.
on August 11,2012 | 10:58PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
45% for NO, 55% YES for Rail! Niimi what public majority u talking about?
on August 11,2012 | 11:17PM
aaronavilla wrote:
what public majority? more like the vocal minority in hawaii kai and kailua...
on August 11,2012 | 11:43PM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Exactly. Thank you sir!
on August 12,2012 | 04:41AM
control wrote:
So true...just look at the zipcodes of his high end contributors...and not surprising, anti railer continue to be math challenged. Even after 3 elections,they have yet to come close to a majority. Smoke, mirrors, lots of hot air.
on August 12,2012 | 08:44AM
niimi wrote:
Federal Funding was supposedly "guaranteed" For the hybrid buses back in 1995 but that Federal Funding Agreement FELL THROUGH even with Democrats running the presidency and Congress so Federal funds are not guaranteed at all.
on August 11,2012 | 11:02PM
Nesmith wrote:
Go rail Go!
on August 11,2012 | 11:19PM
teotwawki wrote:
Congratulations Ben & Vicky!!! God Bless everyone who took the time to exercise their right to VOTE!
on August 12,2012 | 12:11AM
Tanabe wrote:
Ugh... Maybe he'll get another ulcer and kill himself. Hawaii voters are so stupid...
on August 12,2012 | 12:16AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Lol. It's going to be a wild ride. Caldwell on the challenge, Carlisle barricading the fort. Rail building faster than first thought. How's The Fat Greek, making a 51% prediction before the first printout. Lol. Bachi.....
on August 12,2012 | 12:43AM
MKN wrote:
@NanakuliBoss: Bachi? You already counting your chickens before they hatch by saying that rail cannot be stopped! If anyone should talk about Bachi, it should be some of your statements. LOL!!!
on August 12,2012 | 02:09AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
This rail project has been going on for decades. MKN take off your blinders.
on August 12,2012 | 08:09AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hey Tanabe - you shouldn't say things like that. You know what bachi means? That is what will befall you.
on August 12,2012 | 10:36PM
MKN wrote:
The whole problem with the rail system is for the amount that it costs ($5.3 Billion), we can send two NASA probes to Mars!!! How does that make sense? The answer is that it totally doesn't make sense. That's why rail needs to be stopped!!! Vote for Ben in November!!!
on August 12,2012 | 02:15AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
There are a lot of people, including politicians, who are looking at the short term, that being the $5.3 BILLION cost to build. What many fail to realize is the long term, i.e., cost of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) once completed. City and county taxpayers already subsidize The Bus at 80% of O&M, with fares collected at 20%. Who will pick up the O&M tab for rail? Guaranteed it will be C&C taxpayers in increased property taxes and fees. This will impact not only homeowners but also renters, as those cost will obviously be passed on to the renters in the form of higher rents. Many pro-railers will say this is only a scare tactic. My only response to them is, "wait and see." I truly believe that if we look at what we will receive, in the way of benefits of rail, the obvious conclusion is "very little, if anything." It's time to quit be myoptic and consider the long term.
on August 12,2012 | 04:03AM
NITRO08 wrote:
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on August 12,2012 | 06:57AM
cojef wrote:
All this crosstalk reminds me of what a wise man said, "Never argue with an idiot. Those watching may not be able to tell the difference"
on August 12,2012 | 09:38AM
cojef wrote:
Foiled again, all I did was cite a quote after reading all the coments posted about election results. Guess the "Gestapo" did feel it was appropriate, so will try another way. Here goes, in participating in a debate with idiots, those on the sidelines will not be able to differentiate the difference of the debaters.
on August 12,2012 | 09:46AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hey Wayne Yoshioka, time to pack your bags. Going back to Parsons Brinkerhoff (if they take you back)? We won't miss you! Mufi Hanneman -
on August 12,2012 | 10:42PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hey Wayne Yoshioka, time to pack your bags. Going back to Parsons Brinkerhoff (if they take you back)? We won't miss you! Mufi Hanneman - Looks like people won't forget that you started the biggest budget breaker in city history. Grabauskas - are you sending out resumes again?
on August 12,2012 | 10:44PM
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