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2012 Election: Taniguchi defeats fellow incumbent Fukunaga

August 12, 2012
By AUDREY McAVOY , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Incumbent Sen. Brian Taniguchi defeated fellow incumbent Sen. Carol Fukunaga for the chance to be the Democratic candidate to represent a Honolulu district in the state Senate.

Redistricting put the two veteran senators in the same district representing Makiki and Manoa. They face Republican Larry Fenton in the general election.

In other incumbent match-ups, Rep. Mark Takai defeated Rep. Heather Giugni in Saturday's primary and Rep. Jessica Wooley beat Rep. Pono Chong.

The winners of several Democratic primary races in the state House and Senate will automatically win the Nov. 6 general election because only Democrats have fielded candidates in their districts.

Democratic state senators representing Hilo on the Big Island and Waipahu and Ewa Beach on Oahu are unpoosed in the general election.

Fourteen Democratic incumbents in the House and Senate aren't facing any challengers in either the primary or general election, including Senate President Shan Tsutsui. These lawmakers automatically advanced to November unopposed.

Two Republicans in the state House were also unopposed in the primary or general and are already headed for the general.



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