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8/12, 12:13 PM (Source: TeleTrader.com)
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GOP's Curtis to challenge Hawaii Senator Hirono

Results from primaries showed Andria Tupola, minority leader in the Aloha State's House of Representatives, won against former state Senator John Carrol to face incumbent Governor David Ige in the November election as the Republican Party's candidate. Besides the gubernatorial race, voters in Hawaii picked their favorites for the United States Senate – incumbent Mazie Hirono (pictured) and the Grand Old Party's Ron Curtis, and for the two seats in the lower chamber in Washington.

Democrat Ige's victory versus US Representative Colleen Hanabusa, who is leaving her lawmaker position, was relatively narrow: 51.3% to 44.5%. Her seat in the blue state's first district is within sight for Ed Case, who was the most successful in the Democratic primary. He will run against former Republican state Representative Cam Cavasso, a two-time loser in the US Senate election. Current US Representative Tulsi Gabbard is challenged by singer Brian Evans, unopposed in the GOP primary.

In the campaign, Tupola has raised the issues of affordable housing and land for Native Hawaiians. She is pushing for tax relief for low-income workers.

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