Hawaii primary sets up races for governor, Congress in blue state

Hawaii Primary Sets Up Races For Governor, Congress In Blue State - 35Zouiuauei6Xprcgljtdwdvga
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A term-limited governor and a surprise congressional retirement set the stage for Saturday’s primaries in Hawaii, with Democrats battling over offices they’re favored to win in November.

The race for the Democratic nomination to succeed Gov. David Ige (D), who’s ending his second term with low approval ratings, pits Lt. Gov. Josh Green against former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano and Rep. Kaiali’i Kahele. Four other Democrats are on the ballot, but Green has consistently led in polls leading up to the primary.

Hawaii elections are conducted via ballots mailed to voters. For the primary, the deadline for ballots to be received is 7 p.m. local time on Saturday.

A medical doctor, Green became the public face of the state’s aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic, including a long-running requirement that travelers to the state provide negative tests or proof of vaccination.

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This article was written by David Weigel and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com