Four years ago, veteran state Sen. David Ige decided to launch a Democratic primary challenge against the party’s sitting Governor, Neil Abercrombie. The Governor, who had several spats with key interest groups throughout his tenure, was preparing to run for re-election. Ige seized upon the disaccord and began his own upstart campaign. When primary time came, the Pearl City state legislator denied Gov. Abercrombie re-nomination by an astounding 67-31%, a margin that shocked virtually everyone. Now, apparently, the tables may soon turn. Term-limited Kauai Island Mayor Bernard Cavalho is preparing a challenge to Ige and may well enter the Democratic gubernatorial primary. This scenario will take awhile to unfold, because the Hawaii primary won’t be held until late August of next year. Still, this could be an interesting development, and a potential challenge that should be taken seriously considering the office’s recent past history.
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