HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just three days after being hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer, Honolulu mayoral frontrunner Ben Cayetano said he was "feeling fine" and returned to the campaign trail.
Cayetano spent a few hours with hundreds of sign wavers who lined a large downtown and Capitol area block, from Beretania Street fronting the Capitol, down Bishop Street, along South King Street and up Punchbowl Street Thursday. He and his wife, Vicky, also rode a trolley decorated with campaign signs.
The former governor was hospitalized Sunday night and was released from the Queen's Medical Center Tuesday afternoon after undergoing surgery to treat the ulcer.
Cayetano is optimistic that he'll finish first over former city managing director Kirk Caldwell and current mayor Peter Carlisle, but he won't say he'll get the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff in the general election.
"I think we need to get lucky to win on Saturday. We need to have a big turnout, but if that doesn't happen, we're pretty confident going into the general," said Cayetano.
"We may not have as much money as the other side, but you can see we got people and these people got votes," he added.
When asked if his hospitalization would have any effect on voters, he said, "I hope not. I don't think it has any impact at all."
The latest Hawaii Poll from Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showed Cayetano with a sizeable lead over Caldwell and Carlisle, but not enough to avoid a runoff.
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