Many Democrats are running unopposed for Hawaii Legislature

Many Democrats are running unopposed for Hawaii Legislature

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Legislature is likely to remain controlled by Democrats after the state's primary election, where many Democratic incumbents are running unopposed.

There are 16 uncontested races in Saturday's elections for the state Senate and House, and all but one of the unopposed candidates are Democrats.

There also are eight races featuring only Democrats. And there's just one only-Republican race, which pits longtime Rep. Cynthia Thielen against a challenger.

In the Senate, lone Republican Sam Slom is unopposed in his primary. After the primary, he's likely to face Democrat Stanley Chang, a former Honolulu City Council member, in the November general election. There are currently only seven Republicans in the 51-seat state House.

Democratic Senate President Ronald Kouchi is expected to win his primary, and head to the general election unopposed.

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