Higher turnout in Hawaii, but few upsets

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September 27, 2010

By Tyler Millhouse

HONOLULU, Hawaii: Hawaii's Office of Elections has reported improved turnout in the state's September 18 primary election, topping 2006 and 2008 figures. 43.8 percent of the state's 684,481 registered voters voted in the primary, up from 36.9 percent in 2008 and 42.3 percent in 2006. Although Hawaii usually has one of the nation's lowest voter turnouts, Hawaii enjoyed a 66 percent turnout in the last general election due in large part to the candidacy of Hawaii native Barack Obama.[1]

Hawaii's primary settled contentious primary battles in the 2nd Congressional District, State Senate District 25, and State House District 41.[1] Although several state legislators failed to gain higher office, the September 18 primary saw only one incumbent defeated by a primary challenger. Roland Sagum III (D) was defeated by challenger Daynette Morikawa (D) in State House District 16.[2] A total of 66 state legislative seats are up for election in the November 2 general election--15 in the State Senate and 51 in the House of Representatives. In both houses, only 4 Republican and 2 Democrats face no major party opposition.

Hawaii has a total of 66 state legislative seats are up for election in the November 2 general election --15 in the state senate and 51 in the state house.

Heading into the November 2 election, Democrats were the majority party in the house and senate.

House

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 7
Total 51

Senate

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 24
     Republican Party 1
Total 25


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