Guest Post by Mara Zebest

On the heels of a glowing endorsement from Obama, Hawaii Governor Abercrombie suffers a historic defeat in a recent Hawaii primary.

Below is a 2011 fascinating flashback discussion on the relationship between Gov. Abercrombie and Obama—starting at around the 1:30 minute marker:

Fox News reports the following:

Hawaii Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, in a historic loss, was soundly defeated in Saturday’s primary by a state senator, while the island’s marquee U.S. Senate race remained too close to call. 

Abercrombie’s loss to state Sen. David Ige makes him the first sitting governor in state history to lose a primary for reelection. It came amid concerns about tax hike proposals and his leadership style.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Ige had received 67.4 percent of the vote to 31.5 percent for Abercrombie

In the Democratic Senate primary, incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz held a narrow lead over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa early Sunday morning, with votes still being counted.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Schatz had 49.4 percent of the vote, while Hanabusa had tallied 48.6 percent of the vote. The two were separated by fewer than 2,000 votes out of more than 210,000 ballots cast. The election could come down to two precincts on the Big Island that have not yet voted due to Tropical Storm Iselle. [...]

Abercrombie’s defeat comes after President Barack Obama last month urged residents of his native state to back the governor, invoking the Hawaiian word for family in a radio ad by saying Abercrombie is “like ohana to me.” [...]

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