With huge voter turnout in 2020 primary, some surprises emerge in key races

With huge voter turnout in 2020 primary, some surprises emerge in key races
Hawaii's primary election was Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - With Hawaii’s huge voter turnout for the 2020 primary election on Saturday, there were some surprises coming out of some of the races.

One of the biggest — Big Island Mayor Harry Kim failed to win re-election for a fourth term.

Here’s a look at some other noteworthy races:

  • House of Representatives District 26 - House Speaker Scott Saiki had a narrow lead over challenger Kim Coco Iwamoto, a progressive community organizer. Saiki, who represents Kakaako, Downtown and McCully, has been a state representative for more than two decades and is an established centrist Democrat. But Iwamoto says Saiki isn’t listening to people’s voices.
  • House of Representatives District 30 - Longtime state Rep. Romy Cachola has lost his seat to Ernesto “Sonny” Ganaden. The Democrat has served as representative of House District 30 for years. The district includes Sand Island, Kalihi Kai, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Ford Island and Halawa Valley.
  • House of Representatives District 22 – Challenger Adrian Tam enjoyed a narrow lead over longtime state Rep. Tom Brower for the seat that represents the 22nd district, which includes Waikiki, Ala Moana and Kakaako. Brower has held that seat since 2006.
  • House of Representatives District 13 – In an extremely tight race, Rep. Lynn DeCoite maintained a narrow lead over prominent activist Walter Ritte in the race for the state House seat that represents Lanai, Molokai and parts of Maui.

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