HONOLULU, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Democratic primary for governor in Hawaii gave former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie the nod to try and wrest the office from Republican control.
Abercrombie received 136,321 votes (59.4 percent) in Saturday's primary to 86,676 (37.8 percent) for former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Hannemann resigned as mayor to run, while Abercrombie gave up his congressional seat for the opportunity to run for governor.
Abercrombie will now face Republican Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona in the general election in November.
Aiona told the Star-Advertiser he plans to concentrate on economic recovery and job creation in his campaign. He easily beat out rival John Carroll, receiving 40,798 (95 percent) votes to Carroll's 2,004 (5 percent), KITV-TV reported.