Abercrombie-Schatz defeats Aiona-Finnegan in general election

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie and his soon-to-be second-in-command, Brian Schatz, say they plan to tackle the economy and education first, once they take office.

On Tuesday night, the governor-elect and the lieutenant governor-elect reflected on the long, sometimes rocky, campaign season, and how they'll work to win over those voters who back them during this election.

"It's not a question of whether people support you enough. It's a question of whether or not you're going to act on your obligation and your responsibility as a public official to see that everybody gets an opportunity," Abercrombie said.

"This was a grassroots campaign, and even though we saw unprecedented money spent by independent groups on the mainland, I think we showed them what Hawaii is all about," Schatz said.

Governor-elect Abercrombie says he had a respectful, friendly phone conversation with former Republican opponent, Duke Aiona Tuesday night. He says the two men have a difference of political views but both want the best for Hawaii, and he hopes to have on-going dialogue with Mr. Aiona.

In the final printout, Abercrombie-Schatz won with 58.22 percent of the vote. Aiona-Finnegan finished with 41.10 percent of the vote.

In the first printout, Abercrombie-Schatz led Aiona-Finnegan with 58.7 percent of the vote.

Abercrombie-Schatz held the lead in the second printout with 58.30 percent of the vote. The second printout represented 82 percent of the total votes cast.

Abercrombie defeated former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman in the primary election. The former U.S. Congressman received more than 59 percent of the votes cast to Hanneman's 38 percent.

Schatz defeated a field of seven other Democratic candidates in the primary election. The former state representative and former Democratic Party chair received 37 percent of the votes cast.

Abercrombie will be the seventh governor of Hawaii.

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