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ELECTION FEATURES
Former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell beat former Gov. Ben Cayetano in 24 of 35 House districts on his way to winning the mayor's seat Tuesday. Story »

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono's landslide victory over former Gov. Linda Lingle for U.S. Senate was built on a coordinated get-out-the-vote campaign by Democrats that exceeded expectations. Story »

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BOSTON » Mitt Romney spent the past six years running for president. After his loss to President Barack Obama, he'll have to chart a different course. Story »

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The state Office of Elections will change how it calculates the number of ballots needed at individual polling places and consider keeping reserve ballots on hand at precincts after an Election Day failure that had 70 polling places on Oahu running short or running out of paper ballots and hundreds of frustrated voters waiting hours to vote. Story »

President Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but here in Hawaii, in the place he calls home, he’s something more special than that.  Story »

State constitutional amendment proposals allowing state court judges to serve temporarily after age 69 and easing the financing of repairs to high-risk agricultural reservoirs and dams were narrowly defeated in Tuesday’s general election. Story »

Riding the strength of President Obama’s re-election, the Democrats strengthened their dominance at the state Legislature, picking up one seat in the House while maintaining their 24-1 stronghold in the Senate. Story »

Dan Ahuna, a teacher at Kauai High School and former University of Hawaii football player, prevailed in a crowded field and will replace retiring trustee Donald Cataluna at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Story »

Despite lower voter turnout compared with 2008, at least 21 polling places on Oahu ran out of paper ballots Tuesday, making for long lines and long waits for hundreds of voters, some of whom decided the wait to cast a ballot wasn’t worth the time. Story »

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Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi won re-election by a hair Tuesday, defeating retired two-term Mayor Harry Kim in a close race.

Starting from a distant third place behind two well-known challengers at the start of the year, Kirk Caldwell completed his surge Tuesday by topping former Gov. Ben Cayetano in the race for Hono­lulu mayor and earning the right to continue overseeing the progress of the city's $5.26 billion rail transit project.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono claimed victory over former Gov. Linda Lingle Tuesday night, becoming the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Newly re-elected U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa offered an olive branch to longtime political foe Charles Djou and his supporters after a decisive but hard-fought win Tuesday night.

Voters rejected the outspoken and sometimes controversial City Councilman Tom Berg on Tuesday night, and instead chose state Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine by a wide margin as the new Council member representing the Leeward Coast, Kapolei and parts of Ewa.

Oahu voters on Tuesday approved two proposed amendments to the Honolulu Charter.

City Prosecutor Keith Kane­shiro will keep his job for another four years, defeating former city Deputy Prosecutor Kevin Takata, who challenged him for the post in Tuesday's election.

Early voting in Hawaii before today's election was slightly ahead of the last presidential election in 2008, but political analysts do not expect turnout to be much higher than the 66 percent of registered voters who cast ballots four years ago.

Mayoral hopeful Kirk Caldwell reported raising $76,000 in the final weeks of the race, according to the latest reports filed with the state Campaign Spending Commission.

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