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HAWAII

hawaiiPopulation: 1,431,603 (2015)

Filing deadline: June 7, 2016.

Primary: August 13, 2016.

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Hawaii (D+20) is arguably the most ethnically diverse state in the union and is the only one (according to the 2010 Census) where Whites are not the largest group. It is 26% White, 7% Hispanic, 50% Asian and 16% “other”.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 4. Hawaii is a solid state for the Democrats in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats

Mazie Hirono. (Pic: Congress)

Mazie Hirono. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Mazie Hirono (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Energy & Natural Resources, Small Business, Veterans, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Mazie Hirono
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 25, 2016:
Lawyer and LG Mazie Hirono (b.1947) served three terms in the House before she was elected to the Senate with 61% in 2012. Hirono was born in Japan and is the first Buddhist in the Senate.

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Brian Schatz. (Pic: Congress)

Brian Schatz. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Brian Schatz (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Commerce, Indian Affairs, Ethics.

Democratic nomineeBrian Schatz
Republican nomineeJohn Carroll

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
LG and former State Representative Brian Schatz (b.1972) was appointed to the Senate in late 2012 and won the special election in 2014 with 67%. The seat is up for a full six year term in 2016. The GOP nominated lawyer and former State Senator John Carroll.

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Repre­sen­tat­ives: 2 Repre­sen­tatives, both Democrats.

District 1
Representative: Mark Takai (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Natural Resources, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeColleen Hanabusa
Republican nomineeShirlene Ostrov

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+18) covers parts of Oahu, including Honolulu. It is 18% White and 61% Asian. Veteran and State Representative Mark Takai (b.1967) won this open seat with 51% in 2104, but was diagnosed with cancer and died in July. There will be a special election concurrent with the ordinary election in November. The Dems nominated lawyer and ex-Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to run for her old seat. The GOP is running businesswoman Shirlene Ostrov.

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Tulsi Gabbard. (Pic: Congress)

Tulsi Gabbard. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Tulsi Gabbard (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Tulsi Gab­bard
Republican nomineeAngela Aulani Kaaihue

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+21) contains the rest of Oahu and the remainder of the Hawaii islands. It is 33% White and 38% Asian. Veteran Tulsi Gabbard (b.1981) was first elected in 2012 and took 76% in 2014. She was born on American Samoa and is the only Hindu in Congress. The GOP is running real estate developer Angela Aulani Kaaihue.

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STATE LEVEL

David Ige. (Pic: State of HI)

David Ige. (Pic: State of HI)

Governor: David Ige (D)

Democratic nomineeDavid Ige
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 25, 2016:
The rather anonymous engineer and State Senator David Ige (b.1957) defeated the incumbent Democrat in the 2014 primary and won in November with 49%.

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Shan Tsutsui. (Pic: State of HI)

Shan Tsutsui. (Pic: State of HI)

Lieutenant Governor: Shan Tsutsui (D)

Democratic nominee: Shan Tsutsui
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 25, 2016:
The LG is nominated separately but elected on a ticket with the gubernatorial nominee. President of the State Senate Shan Tsutsui (b.1971) became LG when Brian Schatz was appointed to the US Senate.

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State Senate: 25 (24D / 1R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 51 (43D / 8R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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