Candidates make last-minute push in final weekend before election

Candidates make last-minute push in final weekend before election
Published: Nov. 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM HST
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With just a few days left before the general election, it's down to the wire as candidates from both parties hit the road to get their messages to last-minute voters.

For the Democrats, the campaigning included a trolley ride to a rally and sign-waving event at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio.

Senate candidate Rep. Mazie Hirono joined the sign-waving and greeted supporters, while her campaign unveiled a new 60-second radio ad from President Obama.

"He did a 60-second recording on Air Force One because he's a little busy," said Hirono, "but I was really honored that he took that time to ask the people of Hawaii to support me because he wants a partner who can work with him and with our congressional delegation."

The Democratic party rally included Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who's running for re-election against former Republican Congressman Charles Djou.

"It's the personal touch, it's people to people," said Hanabusa. "I don't think anyone can beat that, and especially in this election with President Obama at the top of the ticket, I think you really have the sense of pulling together."

Djou was taking his own approach to making a personal touch, preparing to go door-to-door with a few supporters in the Foster Village area.

"We're very excited," he said. "We know this is going to be a challenging race. It's always tough to run as an outsider, as somebody who's not running as part of the inside crowd or as the old boy network."

In Kailua, Hirono's opponent, Republican Linda Lingle, was conducting her own trolley tour. Some polls show the former governor trailing Hirono, but Lingle remains confident.

"We feel a lot of momentum out in the community and in our door to door (canvassing), people are saying we voted for you, we walked in early an voted and people have voted by absentee ballot," said Lingle.

To keep that momentum, Lingle, as well as the other candidates, are hitting the campaign trail hard all the way through election day.

"Our volunteers have worked so hard at the grassroots level for months now," said Lingle. "And so being on the trolley, there's a lot of excitement because we can just have fun now."

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