Hawaii’s Primary Election sets the stage for November after record number of votes

Election 2020

A total of 380,152 votes were counted on Saturday, a record for the state. The stage is now set for November’s general election. For anything you may have missed from Hawaii’s primary election on Saturday night, KHON2 documented the events below.

10:47 p.m.: Following Amemiya’s interview, Rick Blangiardi also joined Dashefsky for a live interview on KHON2 and says his game plan will change knowing he has just one opponent for the general election.

10:32: In a live interview, Keith Amemiya tells KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky that he is pleased with the results and says he’ll continue to push forward with his campaign.

10:20 p.m.: Kym Pine, who finished in fourth in mayoral voting with 36,591 votes, tells KHON2’s Max Rodriguez that she believes she has “shown a new generation of leadership is strong.” She also says she thanks everyone that casted a vote for her.

10:14 p.m.: Kai Kahele received 95,353 votes – approximately 66 percent – to secure the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

10 p.m.: Alm received 91,100 votes for Honolulu prosecutor while Megan finished in second with 53,667. They both advance to November’s general election. On the Big Island, Roth received 19,449 votes while Ikaika Marzo received 12,893. Current mayor Harry Kim received 9,580 votes and will not advance to the general election.

Marzo tells KHON2’s Howard Dashefsky that receiving tonight’s results was “like winning a championship game,” given the anxiety and jubilation that the night brought.

9:59 p.m.: After approximately 19,000 additional votes, Rick Blangiardi, Steve Alm and Mitch Roth have maintained their leads. In the Honolulu mayoral vote, Keith Amemiya maintains a lead over Colleen Hanabusa of about 5,000 votes for the No. 2 spot needed to advance to the general election.

9:45 p.m.: We are approximately 15 minutes away from the second round of voting results, although over 90 percent of the votes were disclosed in the 7 p.m. count.

9:34: Andria Tupola, who appears to be headed towards a runaway victory with 52.7 percent of the vote for Honolulu City Council District 1, tells Pamela Young that she believes her dedication on the campaign trail, such as taking the time to call voters on the phone, is what separated her from other candidates.

9:28 p.m.: Megan Kau tells KHON2’s Justin Cruz that she is “super duper excited” after presumably earning a spot in the general election. She says she takes pride in proving her doubters wrong, as she says she was told not to run because of her lack of previous experience in running for Honolulu prosecutor.

9:19 p.m.: Mufi Hannemann has conceded. He has received 24,723 votes so far and was fifth in the Honolulu mayoral race behind Kym Pine, who in fourth place with 35,121 votes.

9:18 p.m.: As Harry Kim’s tenure appears to come to an end, he says he has no regrets and accepts tonight’s results.

9:14 p.m.: Earlier Saturday night, Mitch Roth told KHON2’s Manolo Morales that he is “feeling really good moving forward” as it appears he has clinched his spot in the general election.

9:09 p.m.: Amemiya campaign spokesperson Malia Kaaihue tells KHON2’s Jenn Boneza that he is at home celebrating and spending time with his family. Kaaihue emphasized that Amemiya is a family man.

8:16 p.m.: Gina Mangieri reports that many races (but not all) appear to be decided as votes counted are in the 90 percent range.

8:05 p.m.: Despite being over 5,000 votes behind Keith Amemiya to advance to the general election, Colleen Hanabusa tells Joe Moore during the live election show that she is confident she will advance.

8 p.m.: Steve Alm tells KHON2’s Pamela Young that he feels he “has the stuff to hit the ground running from day one.”

7:43 p.m.: Current Honolulu mayoral leader Rick Blangiardi tells our Joe Moore on our live results show that he is “very encouraged in the moment, especially very grateful.”

7:24 p.m.: Mitch Roth leads Ikaika Marzo for the mayoral vote in Hawaii island, while current mayor Harry Kim is in third. Roth has 19,168 votes, Marzo has 12,557 votes, and Kim has 9,460 votes.

7:20 p.m.: Steve Alm leads the race for Honolulu prosecutor with 88,352 votes. Megan Kau is in second with 51,324 votes.

7:16 p.m.: Rick Blangiardi is the early leader for the Honolulu mayoral vote, with Keith Amemiya in second. Blangiardi currently holds 63,056 votes, while Amemiya has 50,784. Colleen Hanabusa is in third at 45,666.

7:04 p.m.: Our Gina Mangieri reports that Hawaii has had its highest voting total since 1998.

7 p.m.: Voting has closed and results will start to become disclosed within half an hour.

6:15 p.m.: About 374,115 ballots were cast, according to our Gina Mangieri. About 90 percent of voting results could be known by as soon as 7 p.m.

5:26 p.m. Live coverage of the 2020 Primary Elections starts with the KHON2 News at 6. Reporters will be live with mayoral candidates, our anchors will give you the most up-to-the-minute coverage and we will have live updates in this story.

Voter Service Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. Voters can also drop off ballots at the drop boxes until then. The first print out will be sometime around 7:30 p.m. and will contain votes received as of Friday. Votes cast on Saturday will be included in the 10 p.m. results.

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