The loss by Abercrombie, who had been endorsed by Hawaii-born
President Barack Obama, marked the first defeat for an incumbent
Democratic governor in Hawaii since it was granted statehood in
1959, potentially rearranging the political landscape before
U.S. mid-term elections in November.
Final results showed Abercrombie with 30.8 percent of the votes
and the winner, state Senator David Ige, with 66.1 percent.
Veteran lawmaker Ige, who was outspent by Abercrombie by about a
one-to-10 margin, had gained a double-digit lead in polls
leading up to the election, with many voters telling pollsters
they were voting for Ige because they were fed up with
"There were suggestions that his leadership style was arrogant,
a my-way-or-the-highway approach," said University of Hawaii
political lecturer Chad Blair.
In a concession speech on Saturday, Abercrombie said: "For 40
years going back to 1974 ... every waking breath that I've
taken, every thought I had before I slept, was for Hawaii."
Ahead of the election, tropical storm Iselle struck the island
of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, on Thursday. It lost
force as it pushed past the state.
All but two polling stations on the east coast of the Big Island
opened on Saturday morning, election officials said, with the
thousands who could not go to the closed stations being sent
ballots by mail.
Those late votes could determine the U.S. Senate primary race
between incumbent Brian Schatz and his Democratic challenger,
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa. Schatz holds a lead of
about 1,600 votes over Hanabusa, election results showed.
Another storm was near Hawaii on Sunday. Hurricane Julio was
about 400 miles (645 km) northeast of Honolulu late on Sunday
but the storm was expected to weaken over the next 48 hours as
it moved to the northwest, the National Weather Service said.
At 5 p.m. (11 p.m. EDT) on Sunday, Julio had sustained winds of
85 mph (140 kph), it said.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul
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