Primary settles most races in Democrat dominated Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's weekend primary election will most likely settle the outcome of this year's major races.

That's because the Democratic Party continues to overwhelmingly dominate Hawaii politics. The Republican Party isn't even fielding candidates in most state legislative districts.

The most heated contests in Saturday's election are for governor and for the U.S. Congressional seat representing urban Honolulu.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging Gov. David Ige, a one-term incumbent, for the Democratic Party's nomination for governor.

It's a move Ige himself successfully pulled four years ago when he, then a state senator, challenged and defeated Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the primary.

Both are experienced, long-time politicians in Hawaii, leading to a close race.