(KHNL) - Democrat Mazie Hirono defeated Republican Bob Hogue, to represent the Second Congressional District. Hirono had 62.4 percent of the votes to Hogue's 35.5 percent, according to the election board's second printout with 158 of 196 precincts reporting. Hogue conceded defeat.
Throughout the campaign, the two candidates have highlighted their differences. A major issue has been the war in Iraq. Hogue said the U.S. should not pull its troops until a stable Iraqi government has been established.
Hirono said she does not support President George W. Bush in the Iraq War. In her campaign ads, Hirono said there are "fundamental differences" between her and Hogue.
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.
Hirono was born in Fukushima, Japan, in 1947, and raised in Honolulu. She graduated from Kaimuki High School and received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii. Hirono received her law degree from Georgetown University Law School. She returned to Hawaii to practice law.
Hogue, a former sportscaster, is a Republican member of the Hawaii State Senate. For the past six years, he has represented the 24th district.