After a long, hard fought campaign, Hawaii voters have spoken and we have team coverage of the results ahead this morning on Sunrise.
Some election headlines: Kirk Caldwell will get a second chance to run the city as the new Mayor of Honolulu. Billy Kenoi will keep his job as the Big Island's Mayor. Mazie Hirono will become the first woman to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate and the first female Senator of Asian-American descent. Colleen Hanabusa beats Charles Djou in her Congressional re-election bid, and Tulsi Gabbard wins in a landslide, joining 2 other women to represent Hawaii in Congress, alongside Senator Daniel Inouye. Kymberly Pine is triumphant over Tom Berg in their City Council race, and Carol Fukunaga takes the Council seat left open by Tulsi Gabbard. We have just received updated numbers in all the races. We'll have those for you on Sunrise, and posted on HawaiiNewsNow.com.
ELECTION WINNERS ON SUNRISE
Some of the big winners will appear on Sunrise this morning. Kirk Caldwell will join us live at 6:45. Tulsi Gabbard is our live guest at 7:10, and we'll sit down with Colleen Hanabusa at 7:30. Lisa Kubota will have a report from the Big Island with the winner of the Mayor's race, Billy Kenoi. Mazie Hirono is scheduled for a Thursday morning interview.
The hot topic this morning: why didn't the State Office of Elections have enough ballots to meet demand? Voting and results were delayed last night because 19 polling places ran out of paper ballots. I witnessed the frustration and scene at Holy Trinity with hundreds waiting to vote with only one machine. Ramsay Wharton will be following the ballot blunder this morning on Sunrise.
PRESIDENT OBAMA WINS 4 MORE YEARS
While we were waiting hours for the first results to come for Hawaii's races, President Obama clinched victory over Mitt Romney. Before 7pm our time last night, President Obama was declared the projected winner, even with some major battleground states still outstanding. In his victory speech, he said "we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the UNITED States of America!" Ahead on Sunrise, we'll talk back live with correspondent Tracie Potts in Chicago, who has been covering the Presidential campaign.
CONTROL ON CAPITOL HILL STAYS THE SAME
Only 4 seats were needed to shift the balance of power in the U.S. Senate in Washington, but it didn't happen. The Hawaii Senate race was one that the GOP hoped to pick up, but Linda Lingle lost and so did many Republican candidates. This means Hawaii's Senior Senator Daniel Inouye will keep his position as head of the Senate Appropriations Committee. We'll be tracking what the election results mean with tough work to be done in our nation's capitol.
WAIALAE AVENUE REOPENS AFTER CAR CRASH
Waialae Avenue has just reopened. It was closed in both direction between 8th and 9th Avenues in Kaimuki for over an hour this morning due to a car crash. If any other problems pop up, we'll have it for you every 10 minutes on Sunrise.
JIM DONOVAN'S FUTURE
Also today, the UH Board of Regents could decide to temporarily re-instate Jim Donovan as Athletics Director. If the Regents reject a controversial settlement that reassigned Donovan in a Communications job at the Chancellor's office. Their final decision is expected today.
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