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Concession closes books on elections

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Results in all races in the 2010 Hawaii elections are expected to stand after the last likely challenger conceded his race for Honolulu City Council.

John White, who trailed Councilman-elect Ernie Martin by 48 votes after the last printout from election night, conceded the race yesterday and called Martin to congratulate him and offer support.

Hawaii law does not provide for an automatic recount, but a person may contest the outcome of an election by petitioning the state Supreme Court.

White said he would not seek a recount.

"This race is proof that voting does matter," White said in a news release.

Republican Shaun Kawakami last week conceded his race to state Rep. Marilyn Lee (D, Mililani-Mililani Mauka). Lee finished 17 votes ahead.

Kawakami had consulted with Hawaii Republican Party attorneys but decided against filing a court challenge, according to a party spokeswoman.

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