Veteran lawmaker Donna Mercado Kim and Lt. Gov. Doug Chin are in a near tie in the race to represent urban Honolulu in the U.S. House, according to the latest Hawaii Poll, which shows the two front-runners each attracting roughly 30 percent of likely Democratic primary votes. The other two candidates running for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa are trailing far behind. Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin, whose district includes Central and North Oahu, attracted 6 percent of likely primary voters, while state Rep. Kaniela Ing (D, South Maui) got 2 percent of voters in the poll.
Longtime Honolulu political columnist Jerry Burris said the results show Kim and Chin are essentially tied at this point. “The names that people are paying attention to are Donna Kim and Doug Chin. I don’t think they’ve made up their minds yet, but those are the names they’re paying attention to. And it seems both Kaniela and Ernie have their work cut out for them if they want to get any kind of attention.
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