Governor candidates make the final push

Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Lt. Governor Duke Aiona
Lt. Governor Duke Aiona

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The primary finish line is in sight. Mufi Hannemann's campaign express rolled through Oahu, and the former Honolulu mayor says he's prepared to campaign until the polls close.

"We'll be everywhere. So, if it takes a speech to be made, I'll do the speech. If it takes a song to be sung, I'll sing a song. If it takes a dance to be danced, whatever it takes, now is the time to keep our focus," said Mufi Hannemann.

Neil Abercrombie's supporters are setting the stage for his election night rally. The former congressman did some last-minute campaigning while let the weight of the election roll off his shoulders. Polls have Abercrombie pulling ahead.

"I don't pay attention to the polls, in that regard. I pay attention to my heart. I pay attention to the people that I'm having the conversation with and counting on their judgment tomorrow," said Abercrombie.

If Republican Duke Aiona wins the Republican primary, he's says his strategy will be the same against either Democrat.

"They may differ on some of the other issues but when it comes to the major issues, which is fiscal policy, two peas from the same pod," said Aiona.

Many expect Aiona will take the GOP primary and at this point, he's ready.

"You want to get in that game and that's what you've been working for. You've been practicing. You've been working out, all for this moment, to kind of show what you can do," he said.

In recent days, voters may have seen a kinder, gentler Hannemann. It's something he planned.

"We've focused on the issues, and at this particular point in time, people also want to see your heart," said Hannemann.

And as for any last-minute rituals the candidates may have?

"Walk my dog. Because it still reminds you that, yes, it's a special day but the realities are still here," said Abercrombie.

By Saturday's end, we'll find out who'll go head-to-head in November.

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