Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014

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Hawaii Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Neil Abercrombie Democratic Party
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Hawaii State Executive Elections
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Governor Lieutenant Governor

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The Hawaii gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Neil Abercrombie (D) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Hawaii has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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Democratic incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie is seeking re-election in 2014. So far, Abercrombie has drawn one formidable primary challenger: State Sen. David Ige. A state lawmaker in Hawaii since 1986, Ige has represented district 16 in the state senate for nearly two decades and currently chairs the chamber's Ways and Means Committee. Ige's campaign has been endorsed by ex-governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi, both considered former allies of Abercrombie, as well as the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).[8][9]

The apparent defections of Cayetano and Ariyoshi could stem from Abercrombie's controversial decision in December 2012 to appoint his Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to fill the open Senate seat left by the death of veteran U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D). Abercrombie denied Inouye's deathbed wish that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa be appointed to succeed him, tapping Schatz instead.[10][11] Abercrombie was required to appoint one of three individuals submitted by the state party of the incumbent, and Hanabusa - in addition to being Inouye's stated preference - had topped the list of early contenders, therefore the governor's call angered some members of the party.[12][13][14][15] After the announcement that she had been picked over for the Senate post, Hanabusa considered a bid to take on Abercrombie for re-election in 2014.[16][17] Although Hanabusa ultimately decided to pursue a full term in Inouye's seat in the 2014 election, there could be residual ill-will among some of Hawaii's Democratic elite toward Abercrombie as he heads into his re-election campaign.

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  1. Neil Abercrombie for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  2. The Washington Post, Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie gets a primary challenger, July 9, 2013
  3. David Ige for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Hawaii Division of Elections, "2014 Primary Candidate List: Uncertified," printed February 7, 2014
  5. Duke Aiona for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 18, 2014
  6. Jeff Davis for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Meet Jeff," accessed February 18, 2014
  7. Hawaii News Now, "Hannemann supporters reach goal, will Mufi run?," February 21, 2014
  8. khon2.com, "HSTA endorses David Ige for governor," February 16, 2014
  9. The Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie loses support of former ally Cayetano," November 17, 2013
  10. Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  11. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  12. WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  13. WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  14. CBS news, "Inouye replacement to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
  15. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  16. The Hill, "Source: Hanabusa receiving 'a lot of pressure' to run against Abercrombie," December 27, 2012
  17. KHON2, "EXCLUSIVE: Hanabusa says 2014 run for governor, Senate, House all on table," January 14, 2013