HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The new Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser Hawaii Poll has State Senator David Ige ahead of incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie by double digits in their bitter Democratic primary race.
Abercrombie joked days ago about considering his challenger for a Cabinet position, saying "I w
ould be happy to think about finding a position for him in our next administration."
But could the Senator get the last laugh?
The Campaign 2014 Hawaii Poll finds Ige with an 18 point lead over the incumbent.
Senator Ige told Hawaii News Now, "It
does validate what we've been seeing. We can definitely feel the momentum."
He went on to say, "I
t is clear to me that the people of Hawaii will make a statement on primary election day."
UH Political Science Professor Colin Moore offered this analysis of the poll results: "W
hen you're talking about such a substantial lead so close to the election, I think the governor should be very concerned."
Governor Abercrombie declined an interview, but maintains confidence.
Abercrombie's campaign manager said in a statement,
"Our internal poll numbers indicate this race is clearly winnable for Gov. Abercrombie. Our grassroots efforts are surging, with key endorsements from President Obama, Mayor Caldwell and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The Governor is humbled by the level of support he has received to continue for another term."