Several races for state house representative districts were down to the final printout on primary election night.
In House District 23, which covers Manoa to Moiliili, democratic incumbent Isaac Choy bested Dale Kobayashi, son of Honolulu councilwoman Anne Kobayashi, by just 71 votes.
There was no republican candidate in the primary, so Choy will retain his seat.
“Not exactly the result you wanted but you must be encouraged. I am as a first time candidate against a 4th time incumbent it was a great outcome for me,” said Kobayashi.
It was even closer in House District 33, Aiea, with incumbent Sam Kong experiencing a déjà vu from the previous election, in which he defeated Tracy Arakaki by just 85 votes.
But this time around, 37 votes separated the two democratic candidates.
Kong says it was a good fight with a worthy opponent.
“What can you say about your opponent Tracy Arakaki and the campaign he re ran. Wow. What a campaign he ran. He would walk the district. He had even commericals on television. He threw it at me, amazingly,” said Rep. Kong.
Kong says he would like someday to work with Arakaki for the community.
With no republican challenger, Kong has won the seat outright.
On to the west side for House District 44, Waianae Coast, this is the second time around for two other candidates as well, but with a different outcome, an upset.
Incumbent Jo Jordan lost to Cedric Asuega Gates, who switched to the Democratic Party from the Green Party after his loss to Jordan two years ago.
“We worked very hard for this campaign. It wasn’t going to be easy so we did everything we could to assure the win as we did last night,” said Gates.
In the general election, he will go up against republican Marc Paaluhui.