New poll reveals who voters are leaning towards in Lt. Gov., Congressional race

Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 at 10:25 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New numbers from a Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll are setting the scene in the race for Lt. Governor.

According to a voter poll released Tuesday, Josh Green has a widening lead over other candidates.

The poll shows that Green has 34 percent of polled voters' support. That's a considerable lead over Bernard Carvalho and Jill Tokuda who both sit in second place with 14 percent of voter support.

Kim Coco Iwamoto is listed as having 10 percent while Will Espero has six percent.

These numbers are based off a phone poll conducted in early July by the Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy group. They asked 494 people that were likely to vote Democrat in the primary election. The poll has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

Green's lead is a jump from the poll in March when he was leading the polls by only 19 percentage points.

"It's been a long process reaching out to people in person and to have that much positive affirmation, it's regarding and humbling," Green said.

Tokuda also had positive feelings about her campaign after the poll numbers were released.

"To see the numbers where, we are at now, we are definitely making gains and I really credit so many individuals statewide who have really embraced our campaign," Tokuda said.

Carvalho also weighed in saying, "Hawaii really needs a leader who people can trust. And the poll numbers to me mean that we are gong to continue doing what we've been doing."

The recent poll also said if the election were held today, 22 percent of voters were undecided.

In a similar poll also released Tuesday, voters were asked about who they would vote for in the race for the Congressional District 1 seat.

Ed Case came out on top with 36 percent of voter support, followed by Doug Chin at 27 percent.

"I think people are really valuing my experience in Washington. I think they are valuing my approach to problem solving in Washington. I think they are valuing that I could go down there and and hit the ground running," Case said.

Chin said he was pleased to be in the top two and see that kind of momentum for his campaign.

Donna Mercado Kim garnered 14 percent while Kaniela Ing stood with six percent. In response, Kim said the poll was small and she's confident she'll come out on top when all the votes are counted.

Two percentage points went to Ernie Martin and one percent to Beth Fukumoto.

If the election were held today, 14 percent of voters polled said they were undecided.

This poll, conducted by the same polling group, represents the view of 244 likely Democratic voters. It has a margin of error of 6.4 percentage points.

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