The Latest: Rising star stumps for congressional candidate

HONOLULU – The Latest on the primary election(all times local):

6:20 a.m. Saturday

Kaniela Ing, a candidate for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat, was hoping for a last-minute surge before the election and got help from a rising star in the Democratic party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who campaigned for him in Honolulu on Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist, said she was down 35 points in the polls before upsetting a 10-term incumbent in the New York primary. “And we changed that in two weeks because we were talking to people who hadn’t been excited about the political process before,” she told Hawaii News Now.

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8:09 p.m. Friday

The winners of most of the Democratic Party’s primary races in Hawaii this weekend will be the favorites to win the general election in November.

The most hotly contested matches in this deep blue state on Saturday are for governor and the state’s 1st Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging one-term incumbent Gov. David Ige in the gubernatorial primary. The move has echoes of four years ago when Ige, then a state senator, challenged and defeated a sitting governor, Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the primary.

Both Hanabusa and Ige are experienced, long-time politicians in Hawaii, leading to a close race.

Three Republicans, including House Minority Leader state Rep. Andria Tupola, are vying for the Republican nomination. Former Pearl Harbor nonprofit CEO Ray L’Heureux and former state senator John Carroll are the other two.

Six major figures from the Democratic Party are competing to succeed Hanabusa in Washington.

The diverse list includes a 65-year-old fiscally conservative Democrat and a 29-year-old democratic socialist who advocates giving all Americans Medicare and making college tuition free. Two of the others gained notoriety by opposing President Donald Trump.

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