Progressive Jill Tokuda nominated for Hawaii’s open 2nd District seat


The 2nd District seat is open because freshman Rep. Kai Kahele opted to run for governor instead of reelection to the House. He finished third in the gubernatorial primary with 14 percent, behind Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who had 64 percent, and former Hawaii first lady Vicky Cayetano, who had 21 percent.

Tokuda had unsuccessfully challenged Green in the 2018 primary for lieutenant governor. In November, she will face Republican Joe Akana, who defeated Joseph Webster in the GOP primary, 83 percent to 17 percent. That a was race called by The AP a minute after the Democratic primary. Akana ran against Kahele in 2020 and lost, 63 percent to 31 percent. 

Case, Schatz renominated

In the 1st District, Rep. Ed Case won the Democratic nomination for a third term, taking 85 percent of the vote against challenger Sergio Alcubilla, who had 16 percent. That race was called by the AP at 2:01 a.m. Eastern time. (Case also previously served in the House from 2002 to 2007.)

Conrad Kress won the Republican nomination, taking 49 percent of the vote against two challengers when the race was called at 4:53 a.m. Eastern time. Inside Elections rates the 1st District race as Solid Democratic. 

The state also has a Senate race this year, although it is not expected to be competitive. Sen. Brian Schatz had 94 percent of the vote in his bid for the nomination for a second full term against a challenger, Steve Tataii, who raised no money. Schatz will face Republican Bob McDermott, who also reported no fundraising but won the five-candidate GOP primary. Schatz reported having $3.5 million on hand as of July 24. Inside Elections rates the race as Solid Democratic.

Las Vegas News Magazine

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