HONOLULU, SEPT. 23 -- Former representative Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii) was a two-time winner in Hawaii's voting, winning a special election to take back her U.S. House seat temporarily and prevailing in the Democratic primary for a full term in office.
Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D) and Rep. Patricia F. Saiki (R) each won easily in their primary bids to fill the four years remaining in the term of Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga, who died of cancer in April. Akaka resigned the 2nd District House seat in May to succeed Matsunaga until November.
Gov. John D. Waihee III (D), seeking his second four-year term, coasted past three little-known opponents in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Saturday. He will face state Rep. Fred Hemmings (R), a businessman and former world champion surfer, who beat five others in the GOP primary.
Mink beat seven other candidates in a winner-take-all special election to fill the three months remaining in Akaka's House term.
Mink beat business executive Mufi Hannemann 70 to 30 percent in the special election and defeated him and three others in the Democratic primary. She will face Republican Andrew Poepoe in the Nov. 6 general election.
Poepoe won in a three-way GOP primary. Matsunaga's son, Honolulu attorney Matthew Matsunaga, came in third in the Democratic primary for the 1st District House seat.
With 100 percent of the vote counted, City Councilman Neil Abercrombie, who won a special election in 1986 and served three months in Congress, won with 43,480 votes; state Sen. Norman Mizuguchi had 30,942; and Matsunaga got 21,128.
State Rep. Michael Liu won a narrow 11,154 to 9,150 victory over former Marine officer Frank Hutchinson in a three-way 1st District GOP race.