HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a long, rigorous few months on the trail, the candidates made one final push earlier Saturday, while reflecting back on their campaigns.
Both Ed Case and Charles Djou kept campaigning, but Colleen Hanabusa decided to get some much needed rest.
"Get fired up, get excited, because we're going to take our government back," Djou said.
While he campaigned alongside gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona, Case made his final case for the first district's congressional seat around the island.
"Any one of these folks could be the last minute voter that makes the difference winning and losing, so we're going to stay out with them until they're finished voting," Case said.
Case says they ran exactly the campaign they'd hope to run.
"I'm really proud of our campaign, we did it at the grassroots, we did it ourselves, we reached out to everybody and it's up to the voters now," he said.
Djou spent the day thanking his supporters, encouraging them to drop off their ballots until the 6 p.m. deadline.
"We're very excited, we eagerly anticipate, looking forward to the judgement of the voters of Hawaii, this has been a long, hard fought campaign, but it's a campaign I think we brought a great message that's resonating with the people of Hawaii," Djou said.
But with that excitement comes the nervousness.
"I don't think any candidate is anything but nervous in the closing hours of any election campaign," Djou said.
Hanabusa did the exact opposite of both Djou and Case. She decided to rest at home with her family.
Her campaign spokesperson tells us that Hanabusa worked hard to get people out to vote and today they felt it would be good to give her some time off before the long night.
"I think it's going to be close, I think we might have a nail-biter here, that's why we're working so hard right 'til the end," Case said.
All three candidates feel there's a sense of relief that the campaigning is finally over. That is, until they do it all over again in November.
Copyright 2010 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Hawaii News Now
420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 205
Honolulu, HI 96817
Main (808) 847-3246
News (808) 847-1112