by Leland Kim
(KHNL) - There were no surprises in the major races of the night. U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) has a comfortable lead over Republican challenger Rep. Cynthia Thielen, 63 percent to 33 percent, according to the election board's second printout.
Akaka is positioned to win his third full six-year term. His first victory in 1990 fulfilled the final four years of U.S. Sen. Spark Matsunaga's term after his untimely death.
Gov. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) is about to make history as the first Republican to win a second term as Hawaii's governor. Lingle leads Democratic challenger Randy Iwase, a former state senator. Lingle had 60 percent of the votes, while Iwase had 37 percent, according to the second election results printout.
Lingle holds a few distinctions in Hawaii politics. She is the first Republican to hold the governorship in 40 years. William F. Quinn was the last Republican governor in 1962. She is also the first female and the first Jewish governor of Hawaii. Lingle previously served as the mayor of Maui.
Democrat Mazie Hirono leads Republican Bob Hogue, to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Hirono had 62 percent of the votes to Hogue's 36 percent, according to the election board's second printout.
Hirono, a former Hawaii lieutenant governor, was the second Asian immigrant to hold that position. In 2002, she unsuccessfully challenged Gov. Linda Lingle in the governor's race.
Hogue, a former sportscaster, is a Republican member of the Hawaii State Senate. For the past six years, he has represented the 24th district.
U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie will likely hold onto his seat in the 1st Congressional District, defeating Republican challenger Richard "Noah" Hough, 66 percent to 29 percent, according to the election board's second printout.
Abercrombie has focused on his record in Congress and his 16 years of seniority. He was born in Buffalo, New York. He received a bachelor's and master's degrees from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He moved to Honolulu in 1964 to teach. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he joined its faculty as a professor.
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