Josh Green, the lieutenant governor, prevailed in the Democratic primary for governor, while Jill Tokuda, a former state senator, is likely to win the open 2nd Congressional District.
The contests on Saturday were handily won by the front-runners in both of Hawaii's significant open primaries, making them the front-runners in the general elections.
Gov. David Ige, a Democrat who was barred from seeking reelection due to term limitations, was succeeded by Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who garnered the majority of votes in the competitive Democratic primary. Vicky Cayetano, a former state first lady, and Rep. Kai Kahele, who chose to run for governor rather than seek reelection in the state's 2nd Congressional District, were among the candidates Green defeated.
In the general election, Green will compete against Republican Duke Aiona, a former lieutenant governor who has previously stood for governor four times.
Jill Tokuda, a former state lawmaker, defeated Patrick Branco in the Democratic primary to succeed Kahele in the position of a congressman. The contest was close. VoteVets, a Democratic veterans' organization, and other outside organizations contributed significantly to the opposition against Tokuda and support for state representative Branco in the primary. Tokuda, however, easily won the Democratic nomination.
For the House seat, she will compete against Republican Joe Akana in the general election.
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