Takai wins crowded race for Democratic congressional nomination

Takai wins crowded race for Democratic congressional nomination

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State Rep. Mark Takai has won a crowded race within the Hawaii Democratic Party seeking the nomination to run to replace Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa in the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District.

The other candidates who sought the nomination were: Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, Will Espero, Donna Mercado Kim, Joey Manahan and Kathryn Xian.

After the fifth printout at 11 p.m., Takai held a clear lead with 42.8 percent of the vote. Donna Mercado Kim trailed with 27.3 percent, followed by Stanley Chang with 9.7 percent.

Around 9:30 p.m., Kim told her supporters that it appeared she cannot overcome the gap to win the Democratic nomination. She thanked everyone and said she will support Takai in the general election. Click here to view the video of her speech.

Soon after her concession, Takai stood before his friends and family and said, "I'm so very proud today to stand in front of you as the candidate running for Congressional District 1 in November." Fellow Democrats, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono, stood at his side for his victory speech.

Anderson, who had about 6 percent of the vote, conceded to Takai early in the night with this statement:

"Mahalo to my family, my campaign team and all the people who stood behind us this last year. This is not the end, it's just the beginning. Congratulations to the democratic nominee, state Rep. Mark Takai. I will do every thing possible to help Mark become the next Congressman from Hawaii! Imua!"

Takai will run against Charles Djou, the Republican Party primary winner, in the November general election.

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