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HONOLULU (AP) — Despite a challenging first term marked by both natural and man-made disasters, Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the Democratic primary in his bid for a second term in office Saturday, defeating U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Ige’s administration fumbled through a false missile alert that sent the state into a panic in January, a major embarrassment for his administration. But the governor’s handling of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption, which destroyed more than 700 homes and displaced thousands, as well as devastating flooding on Kauai got him back on track and he came out ahead of Hanabusa.
The article goes on to state the following:
“It’s been a grueling campaign,” Ige said. “It’s truly a heart-warming finish to a very, very challenging and exciting time.”
Ige said he expects to win the general election in November, but he’s not going to take his challenger for granted.
“I will not take anything for granted, we are going to gear up for another tough campaign, but we do believe that we have a vision and that the people have spoken,” Ige said.
NPR further reports:
Hawaii is heavily Democratic, and like other areas where one party strongly dominates, the primary essentially functions as the general election.
In January, a false alert of an impending missile attack created a panic on Hawaii for 38 minutes before an official notification was sent. Hanabusa attacked Gov. Ige’s handling of the incident in her campaign to unseat him.
But in the months since, “Ige was seen responding to other natural disasters, including historic flooding on Kauai and Kilauea eruptions on the Big Island that destroyed more than 700 homes and displaced thousands” Hawaii News Now reports. The governor “also touted the state’s work to stand up to the Trump administration, including on travel bans,” it adds.
— Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) August 12, 2018
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 12, 2018
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