Instead, it was go Tulsi — yes, she whopped the Muff. And Ed Case was rightly trounced by Mazie Hirono, who should be able to beat Linda Lingle, even if the Koch brothers are throwing piles of cash into her campaign.
Then I quickly scrolled down to the Kauai prosecutor race and whew, Justin Kollar was ahead of incumbent Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho at the first printout, and he stayed that way, though he ended the night with just the slimmest of leads:
Justin: 7,081 (45.4%)
Shay: 6,969 (44.7%)
Crucially, there were 1,549 blanks, or nearly 10% of the total. This is the swing vote the candidates must cultivate, while also encouraging better turnout at the general election in November.
Right up through today people were asking me, do you think Justin can make it? Nobody was really sure. Now we know the answer is yes. So while the race is still way too close for Justin to claim, I think his strong showing tonight will work to boost his following. Plus Shay still has to navigate another three months until the general, and I know of at least three pending revelations that could damage her campaign.
Looks like this one is going to be a cliff-hanger.
The Council race was no surprise at the top of the pack, but down at the bottom, it's gonna be every vote counts, with Dickie, Tim, Gary and KipuKai scrambling for the last two seats. Quite frankly, I thought Gary would have a stronger showing. One friend said Kauai voters don't take kindly to elected officials who don't finish their term, a reference to Gary's resignation from the Senate to run for Lieutenant Governor. But another friend observed that Gary hasn't really campaigned, either. Newcomer Ross Kagawa, on the other hand, has waltzed in with ease.
Still, there's time to shake things up a little before the general.
FURFARO, Jay 8,366 7.7%
YUKIMURA, JoAnn A. 8,355 7.6%
RAPOZO, Mel 8,264 7.6%
KAGAWA, Ross K. 7,799 7.1%
KUALI'I, KipuKai L.P. 7,165 6.6%
HOOSER, Gary L. 7,063 6.5%
BYNUM, Tim 7,013 6.4%
CHANG, Dickie (Walaau) 6,634 6.1%
As for our legislative contingent, Rep.Derek Kawakami can take comfort in knowing he got the smallest percentage of blank votes, 21%. Sen. Ron Kouchi got the most — 29.8%.