by Walter Makaula
HONOLULU (KHNL) - After the first printout, Randy Iwase and Malama Solomon were trailing the Republican incumbents by more than 20,000 votes, and by the time the second printout was released, the Democratic hopefuls were down by more than 50,000 votes.
With that announcement, it didn't take long before Iwase took the stage to concede the gubernatorial race.
"We have now seen the second printout. It is a very difficult margin to overcome. We called Governor Lingle just a few minutes ago to congratulate her on this victory and wish her well in governing the state of Hawaii over the next 4 years. So Governor Lingle, congratulations again!" said Iwase.
Iwase's concession came shortly before 10PM HST. At his side was his running mate for lieutenant governor, Malama Solomon, his wife Jan and his children. Iwase said the strength of his campaign was a grassroots effort.