HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new poll released Wednesday suggests Hawaii's Democratic Party is likely to take back the governor's office. In hypothetical match-ups for the race in November Neil Abercrombie leads James "Duke" Aiona 58% to 32%, with 3% picking other candidates and 6% undecided. That's according to Rasmussen Reports an independent polling company based in New Jersey.
Mayor Hannemann leads Aiona 52% to 30%, with 9% favoring other candidates and nine percent undecided. The telephone poll was taken on June 24 among 500 likely voters statewide. It's the second independent poll giving Democrats a wide lead.
Another poll released last week puts Aiona much closer. The Tarrance Group telephone survey shows the lieutenant governor just behind Abercrombie and actually leading Mayor Hannemann. Unlike the other two surveys, this poll was commissioned by the Aiona campaign.
"All of the reliable and historically accurate data that we have seen shows a tight race for governor. As the lieutenant governor always says, the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day" said Travis Taylor, an Aiona campaign spokesperson.