The Green Papers: Hawaii 2009 General Election
This page is for offices up for election in 2009. Find 2010 elections here.
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Electoral Votes:4(0.74% of 538)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
2000 Census:1,216,642 (0.43% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):909,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):637,349

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Hawaii State and Local Government


U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 111th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka
Appointed by Governor John Waihee (Democrat) 16 May 1990, to fill vacancy caused by the death of Senator Spark M. Matsunaga (Democrat): 15 April 1990; elected to finish out the term in a Special Election: 1990; elected to full term: 1994; re-elected 2000, 2006
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 3 Democratic Senator Daniel K. Inouye
First elected: 1962; re-elected: 1968, 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1959 (Hawaii having just been admitted as a State to the Union), 1960]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor Linda Lingle
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated separately from Governor

  Republican Lieutenant Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr.
First elected: 2002, re-elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Open Seat - Candidate for Governor in 2010

111th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 111th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (1 Open, 1 Undetermined)

CD 1
Democratic Congressman Neil Abercrombie
Returned to House: 1990
[previously elected to U.S. House in Special Election, 20 September 1986 re: resignation of Congressman Cecil Heftel, 11 July 1986]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Open Seat - 9 March 2009: Announced he would be a candidate for Governor in 2010.
11 December 2009: Congressman Abercrombie announced he would resign from the U.S. House before the end of his term. Due to budget constraints, the election to fill the remainder of the term may be held concurrently with the regular September 2010 primary. Hawaii law does not set a timetable for calling a special election after a vacancy. In the special election, all candidates run on a single ballot, there is no party primary. The candidate receiving the most votes is elected.

CD 2
Democratic Congressman Mazie K. Hirono
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 4 incumbents
  Republican: 2 incumbents
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.


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2009 Primaries and Runoffs for Statewide offices/Congress
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  2009 Partisan Composition by State  
  Political Parties  
  Senate Electoral Classes  
  Change in Representation in U.S. House by REGION and Subregion between 2000 and 2002  
  Political Party Floor Leaders in the Congress of the United States