Democratic frontrunners win Hawaii’s big open primaries

The frontrunners in Hawaii’s two main open primaries won easily in Saturday’s contests, putting them as favorites in the general election.

Lt. Gov. Josh Green won the majority of votes in the crowded Democratic primary to succeed Gov. David Ige, a Democrat who was unable to run due to term limits. Green defeated a field that included Vicky Cayetano, a former state first lady, and Rep. Kai Kahelewho ran for governor instead of running for re-election in the state’s 2nd congressional district.

Green will face Republican Duke Aiona, a former lieutenant governor who has run for governor several times in the general election.


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