Ige easily clinches second term, defeating Republican challenger Tupola

November 6, 2018

Original media: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2018/11/06/race-governor-hinges-questions-about-leadership-experience/

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige has won his bid for re-election, fighting off a general election challenge from Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola.

In a fiery concession speech to supporters at Blaisdell Center, Tupola said her campaign had started a movement — and that she wasn’t done yet.

“If you feel committed to this cause, you can trust in the fact that I’m going to continue waging it," she said. “I want you to tell me right now, we will never give up. We will never give up because there is still a cause to be waged. Change to be had. A movement to be had. Still people waiting to do this and what you did will not be forgotten."

Minutes later, Ige took the stage at the Pomaikai Ballrooms, holding back tears as he talked about his hard-fought re-election victory.

“We spoke that this campaign is about the future of Hawaii and I want to thank every one of you for helping to tell our story,” he said. “It’s proof that when we work together we can do great things.”

Earlier in the day, both candidates were optimistic.

HNN political analyst Colin Moore said Tupola has shown herself to be a strong candidate.

But he predicted an easy win for Ige. And that’s exactly what happened.

Ige was able to secure a second term after the earliest results were released about 7:10 p.m.

After the false missile alert in January, an episode that angered Hawaii voters and gave the state a black eye, Ige’s chances for re-election appeared in serious doubt.