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Final push in close Hawaii gov and House races

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama has recorded a telephone message to help Democratic Hawaii state Rep. Mark Takai in his campaign for U.S. Congress. 

Takai is in a tough race with Republican Charles Djou. Both are vying for the seat that will be left vacant by Democratic U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

In the final push in Hawaii on Election Day, Democrats in Obama's home state are trying to fend off Republicans in unpredictable races for governor and the U.S. House.

Democratic state Sen. David Ige is hoping to take the state's highest office after a historic primary upset. Republican James "Duke" Aiona is appealing to voters' Christian values. Two others, Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann and Libertarian Jeff Davis, could shake things up.

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