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Gabbard upsets Hannemann

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

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

Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard handily beat former Mayor Mufi Hannemann to win the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

Her win caps an improbable rise from a distant underdog to victory over Hannemann, 58, for a seat he has coveted since he first ran for public office in 1986.

Hannemann conceded his loss in a speech to supporters at about 9:45 p.m.

"I'm willing to accept that because I play by the rules," Hannemann said. "You win some, you lose some."

Gabbard, the 31-year-old war veteran, had about 55 percent of the vote. Hannemann trailed with about 34 percent of the vote with nearly all the votes counted.

Gabbard will face Republican Kawika Crowley, who beat challenger Matthew DiGeronimo in the GOP primary.

Polls in recent weeks have shown Gabbard making dramatic gains and possibly even leading Hannemann, whom most believed had a big lead at the start of the campaign. The Hawaii Poll, sponsored by the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now, showed Hannemann up by a 43-percent-to-33-percent margin, substantially less than the 65-percent-to-20-percent lead he held over Gabbard in a Hawaii Poll in February.

Others vying for the 2nd Congressional District Democratic nomination included Hilo attorney Bob Marx, longtime Congressional aide Esther Kia’aina, Hawaii Kai attorney Rafael Del Castillo and Kaneohe financial advisor Miles Shiratori.

The 2nd Congressional District seat was left without an incumbent in the race when Mazie Hirono decided to forego re-election in order to jump into a race for a U.S. Senate seat after Sen. Dan Akaka chose to retire.

Hirono has held the seat since winning it in 2006.

The district is comprised of rural parts of Oahu and all Neighbor Islands. About two-thirds of the registered voters in the district are from the Neighbor Islands but only Oahu residents have represented the district since Hawaii first gained a second U.S. House seat in 1959.

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LanaAloha wrote:
Go Tulsi! Tulsi has waged such an incredibly inspiring, David v. Goliath type of campaign and if she wins this will be a great day of ALOHA for Hawaii!
on August 11,2012 | 08:15PM
owlright wrote:
This is the true power of democracy! The powers that be could not outshine the power of the people - the people believed in Tulsi because she is the Real Deal and she will fight for the people of Hawaii and in fact the entire country. What a great day for Hawaii!
on August 12,2012 | 01:33AM
Skyler wrote:
We are so fortunate to live in a democracy. Remarkable how much positive change can be made and how much influence even one election can have. The people of Hawaii have rejected pay to play politics and this is great news.
on August 12,2012 | 02:42AM
Kapule wrote:
Tulsi's victory is truly inspiring and I have no doubt her service to the people of Hawaii in Congress will be just as inspiring!
on August 12,2012 | 02:04AM
Changalang wrote:
Serve Your People !
on August 11,2012 | 08:19PM
Maui_Boy wrote:
yeah a really really positive campaign & a really really good one
on August 11,2012 | 08:36PM
LanaAloha wrote:
So true!!!!! Go Tulsi!
on August 12,2012 | 01:26AM
owlright wrote:
Tulsi's campaign has been amazing - everyone I know is so happy!
on August 12,2012 | 01:35AM
Kapule wrote:
Tulsi is a true servant of the people and that's why I voted for her! She is different from self-interested politicians who care only about their own political ambitions. She truly cares about people and that is what is most important.
on August 12,2012 | 02:06AM
Eradication wrote:
Tulsi, remember your stand against GMO!!!
on August 11,2012 | 09:41PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Tulsi is full of integrity and has always fought for the environment. She will not forget. :)
on August 12,2012 | 01:26AM
owlright wrote:
on August 12,2012 | 01:40AM
LanaAloha wrote:
BTW did anyone else notice that Star Advertiser had a quote from MUFI and no quote from TULSI in the article????!!!! They're STILL trying to plug for him even after he lost? So weird.
on August 12,2012 | 02:16AM
Bothrops wrote:
on August 11,2012 | 09:48PM
BigWaveDaves wrote:
Mufi's  endorser SA has  been running unflattering pictures of Tulsi during this whole campaign (Which must be quite a challenge  as Tulsi is extremely photogenic -so it's obvious they have been working the photographer overtime on it trying to get quak shots (as to look as ugly as Mufi) it should prohibited for newspapers to endorse candidates or take sides as a  newspapers function is to present facts . Wake up SA -people love Tulsi,  do your job give us honest coverage or lose your reputation -question is are you going to keep working for Mufi even though he is the looser ?
on August 12,2012 | 07:52AM
Hullstown wrote:
Anyone else notice that Tulsi looks nothing like the pictures of her plastered all over campaign signs? I turned on the television and was shocked to see Ester Kia'aina giving a victory speech.
on August 11,2012 | 10:25PM
Kuihao wrote:
Brutal. but true.
on August 11,2012 | 10:39PM
JoeKane wrote:
Tulsi is a beautiful strong leader and not too bad on the eyes either!
on August 11,2012 | 11:00PM
Hullstown wrote:
Joe, I'm not saying anything about Tulsi's leadership abilities, but I think you should invest in a HD TV.
on August 11,2012 | 11:23PM
LanaAloha wrote:
That is so rude. Only a disgruntled Mufi supporters would be so low as to make such rude and sexist comments after such a historic and amazing campaign. Show some class.
on August 12,2012 | 01:22AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Why thank you for you comment Hullstown! Now sit down and shut up.
on August 12,2012 | 06:50AM
owlright wrote:
Such comments are disrespectful beyond words. Such disgusting comments show real, inner ugliness.
on August 12,2012 | 01:39AM
Kapule wrote:
This is exactly why we need someone like Tulsi in Congress - I was so turned off by the bitterness and negativity shown by supporters of other candidates. It shows complete lack of aloha.
on August 12,2012 | 02:09AM
Kuihao wrote:
Yeah, perhaps candidates would be better off using unflattering pictures of themselves in their ads, so they will look better in person. It's hard to live up to an air-brushed image.
on August 11,2012 | 10:43PM
niimi wrote:
Mufi's brother and relatives all have wavy hair so Mufi looks the most Asian. Still that didn't help him get the Asian vote.
on August 11,2012 | 11:07PM
JoeKane wrote:
It's called bad TV if you know Tulsi Gabbard in the flesh she looks exactly like her pictures.
on August 11,2012 | 10:59PM
Hullstown wrote:
"Bad TV", eh? Interesting considering the capabilities of televisions have never been better. I wonder if Tulsi would support legislation to prevent airbrushing models on magazine covers?
on August 11,2012 | 11:25PM
LanaAloha wrote:
Wow such disrespect is truly ugly. Auwe!
on August 12,2012 | 01:29AM
JoeKane wrote:
Tulsi Gabbard is bringing Hawaii in a new direction, you can't ignore it, people are listening to Tulsi's message and it resonates with them therefore people strongly support Tulsi !!!!
on August 11,2012 | 10:25PM
Skyler wrote:
People want a change from the same old corrupt politics.
on August 12,2012 | 02:47AM
niimi wrote:
What a rout! Mufi was trounced. I predict Mufi will run for the Senate when Dan cannot continue; that or arrogantly run against an incumbent Neil Abercrombie for Governor in 2 years.
on August 11,2012 | 11:09PM
Maui_Boy wrote:
I hope not. I can't stand his slimy politics. I hope I have seen the last of Mufi in media ...
on August 11,2012 | 11:34PM
mosquito96826 wrote:
Just slimy is a better description!!!
on August 12,2012 | 12:13AM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
I'm with YOU Maui_Boy!!! I can't stand to see Mufi's face and his phony smile !!! He makes my skin crawl !!! Not only is Mufi a big baby and bully but NEVER will I forget what the did before he left office as mayor to run for governor .... he signed to rezone Kalihi from residential to commerical raising property taxes on those poor elderly fixed income folks. Those poor folks' property taxes sky rocketed past their yearly fixed income. I am all for Tulsi and she got my vote BUT if I didn't like who he was running against, I'd have voted for that person anyway to make sure he didn't get MY vote !!!
on August 12,2012 | 12:47AM
Kapule wrote:
Mufi cannot be trusted - Tulsi's victory is a huge victory for the people of Hawaii.
on August 12,2012 | 02:10AM
I don't think this was an upset. Mufi should find another line of work.
on August 11,2012 | 11:32PM
inverse wrote:
Agreed. Just shows Star adve rtiser's favoritism toward that loser who history will show one of the most self serving, counterproductive and destructive former elected politicians in all of Hawaii's history. The guy is Hawaii's version of Chicago's Blago jevich, except like almost all current Hawaii politicians, has a get a out of jail free card.
on August 12,2012 | 06:59AM
LanaAloha wrote:
So true.
on August 12,2012 | 07:26AM
mosquito96826 wrote:
Why was it an upset?
on August 12,2012 | 12:11AM
LanaAloha wrote:
Only if you believed SA's poll. This is the 2nd time they tried to slant everything for Mufi and he was soundly defeated. It's encouraging to know the people of Hawaii have much greater intelligence than the Star Advertiser editorial board.
on August 12,2012 | 02:08AM
teotwawki wrote:
Yeah!!!! TULSI!!! You deserved all the votes!!! May God Bless you and your family!!! GABBARD'S RULES!
on August 12,2012 | 12:22AM
commoner wrote:
MUFI seems to be listening to the WRONG people, and/or following WRONG advice. Years ago, he could have easily WALTZED into the very same position that he ran for yesterday. However, it seems he did NOT want that position at the time, and, instead wanted to wait to run for the US Senator position (given, that the US Senator appointment is for 6 years rather than 2). But, MUFI did NOT want to "go through his turn of waiting" so he held off. Since then, his election bids have been on a losing streak. Prior, there were many who had supported him, but there were many, many whom he had "tendered" throughout his political career. So, it's best that he retire from politics. As for the mayors race......seems the spouse of the former governor is more interested in the mayors position that he. Once again, it looks like a need for POWER. In this case, it doesn't really seem to be about RAIL but, rather their personal need for POWER (using RAIL as an issue to get to that means of POWER). Rail will come people, so move on. This is a new day and a new age. The old fashioned politics in Hawaii will not work. People are now looking for new, fresh ideas......so....those who left, lost or retired from political offices should move on with their life and not look back (meaning, try to regain their lost power). Enjoy life and move on....
on August 12,2012 | 02:12AM
soshaljustic wrote:
The work is just beginning for Tulsi! Congrats Girl! Careful on who is pulling your strings! You promised to do the will of the people for the People of Hawaii, rather than what you wanted to do, when I was sitting in front of you and timing that little speech at a forum. Will you fulfill your promise to the people? Please do, as THAT is what will endear you to the people all the time.
on August 12,2012 | 04:34AM
fstop wrote:
I took Mufi's advice: I voted for Tulsi because "I look like you, you look like me."
on August 12,2012 | 06:25AM
MWF3 wrote:
Hanneman says "I'm willing to accept that because I play by the rules, You win some, you lose some." but this one gotta hurt!!!
on August 12,2012 | 06:50AM
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