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Republican Party suffers election blow

Governor Linda Lingle Governor Linda Lingle

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KAKAAKO (KHNL) - Barack Obama's victory was the start of a disappointing election night for the Hawaii Republican Party.

Among those who showed up at the GOP headquarters in Kakaako, was Governor Linda Lingle. She just came back from campaigning on the mainland for the McCain-Palin ticket.

When asked if she's carving a congressional path for herself when her term is up in 2010, the Governor said, "My only goal throughout this entire campaign has been to help elect the person I felt was best for country. I made it clear that I wasn't interested in any cabinet position should he win. I want to finish my term which I have two more years on - it's going to be a fairly challenging time for our state."

Governor Lingle revealed she voted against rail. Now that a majority of voters have said yes to the project, Governor Lingle says she is concerned about the financial impacts of steel on steel.

"It's the families who are going to have to pay for this and I am very worried in the future what it's going to mean and what the operative expenses are going to be," she said.

Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona also showed up at the Republican Party headquarters. He, along with the Hawaii GOP, has been a staunch supporter of a constitutional convention, which voters struck down.

"We're going to hold their feet to the fire and make sure that they live up to their assertion that they could take care of the issues that could be addressed at a constitutional convention," said Aiona.

Of the three republican incumbents fighting to keep their seats, two lost - Senator Gordon Trimble, and Representative Colleen Meyer.

Representative Gene Ward on the other hand, succeeded in protecting his seat.

Currently, out of 25 senators in the Hawaii Legislature, only four are Republican. And out of 51 members in the House, there are only seven Republican representatives.

Hawaii GOP Chair Willes Lee says, with Democrats already dominating the Legislature, the two incumbent losses on election night are a severe blow to the Republican Party.

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