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Precinct numbers show candidates' strong area

Dan Boylan Dan Boylan

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - We went through all of these pages, line by line, to see where the candidates in the governor's race and the 1st Congressional District race came out the strongest.

Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie campaigned hard on the neighbor islands and it paid off. The areas in blue show he won handily across Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties. And on Oahu, the numbers reveal his stronghold in the reliably Democratic precincts, in his former 1st Congressional District, and on the normally GOP Windward side.

"Well, they tell us that Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz had a thumping victory. And that they won in places that it wasn't always clear that they would," Hawaii News Now Political Analyst Dan Boylan said.

The places in red show Duke Aiona did well in conservative, big-box church areas on west and north Oahu but again, the neighbor islands did not turn out in large numbers for the Republicans.

Democrat Colleen Hanabusa ran a strong race in central and west Oahu in her successful bid for the 1st Congressional District seat. The areas in blue show where voters turned out for her. In the red, GOP opponent Charles Djou did well in east Oahu and in pockets of Honolulu.

With the governor's race and two Congressional races at stake, and millions of dollars of mainland special interest money poured into advertising, political analysts say it was a campaign season unlike any other. In a word, it was "chaotic."

"There was a very contested special election and a resignation. There was a mayor leaving office in mid-term. There were 5,6,7 people jumping out of their offices to run for lieutenant governor," Boylan said.

And another election season, this time a Presidential one, will start up before voters can even catch their breath.

And here are more numbers to chew on: almost 24 percent of the votes counted in this general election came from absentee ballots. That's up from 19 percent during September's primary.

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