Less than 12 hours after of a clearly upsetting loss, Governor Neil Abercrombie faced his opponent once again.
But this time, in a different light.
A traditional Democratic Unity Breakfast held at Dole Cannery brought once opponents, now teammates, together Sunday morning.
"It really is about getting our best people forward, campaigning hard and forcefully. But then coming together on the breakfast after Election Day," said Governor Candidate David Ige.
Even after making history as Hawaii's very first governor to lose a reelection primary, Abercrombie was in good spirits, defining what the unity breakfast is all about.
“As my good friend John Waihe'e said to me many many years ago and it's worth repeating again...that our diversity in Hawaii defines us rather than divides us. And our diversity in the Democratic Party is gonna define us in this election and we're not gonna be divided and we are gonna succeed as a result. And David, everybody else who's a candidate, you can count on me to be with you shoulder to shoulder. You'll never have to look back to see whether I'm there," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.
Abercrombie even choked up at one point saying whatever service he can still bring, not just to the Democratic Party, but to the people of Hawaii, they can count on it.
"Every breath, until the last I take, will be for Hawaii. Thank you very much," he said.
But perhaps the real story of unity came at the moment when Abercrombie walked down into the crowd, grabbed the hand of the man who beat him, graciously guided him up the stairs and onto the stage and lifted his hand up high in victory.
"Both of us took the high road this campaign. There wasn't a whole lot of negative advertising. I think that makes it a little bit easier," Ige said.
The morning ended with winners and losers locking hands singing a heartfelt Hawaii Ponoi.
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