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Candidates give one final push on election day

Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie
Lt. Governor Duke Aiona Lt. Governor Duke Aiona
Kirk Caldwell Kirk Caldwell
Peter Carlisle Peter Carlisle
Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Candidates gave one final push. Earlier on Saturday, they were out and about with their supporters trying to pick up last minute votes.

Whether it was waving to prospective voters, riding a trolley or even voting, the leading candidates for governor and Honolulu mayor, tried to use their time wisely on this crucial day.

While one rode the trolley or stood at a busy intersection in his hometown, or even casting his ballot, all the leading candidates for governor were out and about Saturday, hoping to get that vote, which could make the difference.

"This is part of my election day ritual, we go all the way to six oh clock, I go into areas that I have a lot of traffic or communities like Kalihi where I have a lot of attachment to, we been on the Eastside, Westside, done the trolley tour, it feels so good, the optimism is there, the hope is there," Gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann said.

And for Neil Abercrombie, the trolley carried his message, along with many of his supporters, throughout the island.

"It's the trolley, we're going from holding place to holding place, there's sign holders all over the city," Abercrombie said. "This is a culmination of weeks and months for some people, loyal at holding signs, contacting people, getting out to vote."

And vote is exactly what Duke Aiona did, as he and his wife, Vivian cast their ballots at Kapolei Elementary.

"When we see what's happening across the world, especially in Afghanistan, we take for granted our privilege to and right to vote, we have to acknowledge that we live in the greatest country in the world," Aiona said.

Meanwhile, the leading Honolulu mayoral candidates, were either sign-waving or shaking hands with people.

"We came to Kenny's for lunch, we're going to go wave over at Likelike after this, coming here is about staying in touch with the City and County of Honolulu, went around, shook everyone's hand," Mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell said.

Mayoral candidate Peter Carlisle spent his day traveling around the island.

"We went out first to Kapolei, then Nanakuli, wonderful experience there, then went to Ewa and that was exciting too, then the Kam swap meet, now we're down here and next it's some other place, they tell me where to go, I just show up," Carlisle said.

All the candidates were pretty optimistic heading into the final hours, but they all admit that a small part of them is definitely glad the campaigning is over, at least for now.

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