By: Rick Blangiardi
This week we rolled out our Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii poll and there were some surprises in the race for governor.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is anxious to take on all comers and says he has a great story to tell, has just a nine-point lead on democratic challenger David Ige, a respected state senator.
Senator ige has little name recognition or campaign cash so he is bound to be very encouraged by the results.
Former Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona has to be even more pleased. He has not even formally announced his run for governor, just hinted that his run is probable, and he has an eight-point lead on Gov. Abercrombie.
Should former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann choose to run as an independent for governor, nearly four in 10 say they would likely vote for him.
Now there's a long way to the democratic primary and an even longer road to the general election so everything could change but we believe we are in for a competitive and spirited race for governor.
And in a state where voter turnout has been low for a very long time, this is a very good development.