First the statewide stuff:
Sen. Dan Inouye and Rep. Mazie Hirono look to be running away with their races, while Abercrombie/Schatz hold a significant but not insurmountable lead over Aiona/Finnegan.
Sen. Tsutsui and Reps. Yamashita, Carroll, Souki, McKelvey and Keith-Agaran all look to be cruising, with South Maui’s Joe Bertram the only incumbent currently trailing, 850 votes to 721 to former MPD Captain George Fontaine.
In Maui County:
Alan Arakawa leads Mayor Tavares 7,161 votes to 6,293.
The Council races that are close include: East Maui and West Maui, where Bill Medeiros and Bob Carroll and Alan Fukuyama and Elle Cochran are essentially tied.
Meanwhile, Mike White in Makawao-Haiku-Paia has a large lead over Kai Nishiki, Mike Victorino is trouncing Lisa Gapero in Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu, Lanai’s Riki Hokama holds a strong advantage over Matt Mano and Don Couch is leading Wayne Nishiki 7,346 votes to 5,346 — big but not too big to overcome.
Still plenty of votes left to count, but the picture as it’s shaping up looks to be following the script. No huge surprises yet, especially at the County level.
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