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Slom, state Senate’s lone Republican, loses seat to Chang


    While surrounded by supporters, Hawaii state Sen. Sam Slom watches election results at his campaign manager’s home in Honolulu. Slom is the sole Republican in the Hawaii Senate and his seat is being challenged by Democratic candidate Stanley Chang.


    Hawaii state Sen. Sam Slom checks in at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church polling place to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Slom, the only Republican in Hawaii’s state Senate, hopes to hang on to the seat he’s held for 20 years despite a challenge from Democrat Stanley Chang.

Longtime Republican state Sen. Sam Slom, who is the last remaining GOP member in the state Senate, lost his seat by more than a thousand votes tonight.

With all precincts reporting, Slom had 10,422 votes, while Democrat and former Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang had 11,720 votes.

Slom, 74, was seeking his sixth term as senator representing East Honolulu from Hawaii Kai to Kahala and Diamond Head. He pointed out Hawaii was already the only state where the Senate was so completely dominated by one party that there was just one opposition party member, and now he is out.

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  • I think we should pat ourselves on the shoulder: we’ve finally managed to become the only state in the country to have a 100-percent Democratic Senate. But how well do you think that is going to go over with a Republican-controlled Senate, House, AND President? Does anyone really think that Hawaii is going to benefit from being so true-blue that we can’t leave one lone, solitary, and very hard-working Republican in office? I think not, but we’re certainly going to find out! And I wish us luck, because we’re going to need it when it comes time to need Congressional help for rail and other infrastructure.

  • The real sad story is despite one party control for decades, essentially none of the States great problems ever get solved. Education, Traffic, homelessness, affordability, doctor shortages etc along with below average performance of all our state agencies still happens. Voter turnout is the poor in part due to lack of choices. Hawaii is becoming more and more third world and bucking trends of the rest of the nation.

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