Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy released a new survey (7/6-11; 494 HI likely Democratic primary voters) that finds Gov. David Ige pulling ahead of his Democratic primary challenger, US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Honolulu), for the first time. The new M-D numbers find Gov. Ige now ahead 44-40%. This is a significant finding because it was Mason-Dixon, in March, who found Ms. Hanabusa forging a commanding 47-27% advantage.
Four years ago, then-state Sen. Ige ousted Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary with a whopping 66% of the vote. Now, it appears that Mr. Ige may be in position to fall to a similar fate. He has been rebounding over the past couple of months, securing several key labor organizations support and doing well on the fundraising circuit. The race now looks to be a mad dash to the political finish line for the August 11th primary election. The eventual Democratic nominee will hold the Governor’s office in November.
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