Aloha State Gov. David Ige (D) appears poised to make an epic comeback in his Democratic primary battle with US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Honolulu). Earlier in the cycle, Gov. Ige trailed by as much as 29 points with a support figure under 25%, but now the Merriman River Group (7/19-21; 871 HI likely Democratic primary voters) finds that he has eclipsed the polling deficit and more. According to the MRG results, as the two candidates trade political punches nearing the August 11th primary election date, Gov. Ige now leads the contest, 43-34%.
Four years ago, then-state Sen. Ige denied Gov. Neil Abercrombie re-nomination with a 66% Democratic primary victory. Earlier this year, it appeared that the tables might turn on the new incumbent. Now, however, the trends suggest that Mr. Ige is far from becoming a political casualty.
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