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Democrats rally for the final time before primaries

Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie amidst others at rally Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie amidst others at rally
Robert Herkes Robert Herkes
Dante Carpenter Dante Carpenter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Democratic party held their final big rally before the primaries over in Hilo Friday night.

The 56th annual Kanikapila Grand Rally featured food from local vendors, entertainment, and lots of speeches from candidates. Those were from smaller council and statehouse races, to the big name politicians, including Mufi Hannemann, Neil Abercrombie, and Senator Dan Inouye.

One of the main themes of the even was the need to regain party unity after the election.

A democratic representative in the 5th district, Robert Herkes, said "We have to come together, and it has to start Sunday. Let me tell you. I've been a politician a long time and you cannot hold a grudge."

State Democratic Party chairperson, Dante Carpenter, followed up, "Tomorrow is the big day. We're making some very important command decisions. We hope like heck that they satisfy their own conscious as to who and what they believe in and can put that by way of an opinion into a vote and make that vote count.

Afterwards, a bunch of the people from the rally headed off to the Hilo county fair.

 

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