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Republican wave sweeping US doesn't reach Hawaii

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Republican wave that swept the country didn't quite make it to Hawaii.

Despite the best effort of the GOP - and its deep pockets - Republicans' much vaunted efforts fell flat in an overwhelmingly blue state. In fact, Hawaii was the only staunchly Democratic state that didn't see Republicans make any inroads.

Hawaii Republican Party Chairwoman Pat Saiki says the wave of red stopped at Waikiki Beach.

The party lost races for governor, U.S. senator and both of the state's congressional seats. Republicans did add one seat in the state House, bringing their total in the 51-seat chamber to eight.

Saiki says she does feel good about what's happening nationally, and that helps soothe the pain.

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