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Incumbents Keith-Agaran, Baker hold big leads

August 10, 2014
The Maui News

8:45 p.m

Incumbent state Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran has kept challenger Christy Kajiwara Gusman at bay so far in the Democratic primary race, securing 3,183 votes, or 59.4 percent.

Gusman trailed with 1,631 votes, or 30.4 percent.

The veteran lawmaker said shortly after the second election printout was released a little after 8 p.m. that he "feels good about the readings" so far. The first printout tallied votes from absentee and early votes.

"I know we did a lot of work with the people who voted early, so I'm not surprised and I'm grateful for the support so far," Keith-Agaran said, whose Senate District 5 covers Central Maui.

Fellow incumbent state Sen. Roz Baker also led the voting in her race for the District 6 seat as of the second printout. Baker had secured 1,222 votes, or 55.9 percent. Challenger Terez Amato followed with 857 votes, or 39.2 percent.

"I'm delighted with the vote totals," Baker said after the second election printouts were released. "I think it's an indication that positive campaigning works. Mahalo to all of the folks who came out to support me and voted early and came out today. I'm very excited and look forward to the general election."

If she wins the primary, the 17-year state Senate veteran will go on to face Republican Jared P. Dubois and Libertarian Bronson Kaahui. Her district includes South and West Maui.



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