Poll shows Sen. Ige holds lead over Gov. AbercrombieUPDATED 7:31 PM HST Jun 12, 2014Video Transcript
tonight... The incumbent could be the UNDERDOG! Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji de Nies. Our partners at Civil Beat just released a new poll showing Senator David Ige with a DOUBLE DIGIT lead -- over Neil Abercrombie. As KITV4's Lara Yamada reports... This could set up a free-for-all the rest of the way! 29-39 125-134 CHAD 124-27 We were caught a little taken aback... So much so, Chief Political Reporter Chad Blair says, Civil Beat pollsters counted a SECOND TIME, first in May, then AGAIN last week, to make sure their numbers matched -- and they did. Civil Beat polled 1,077 registered voters, with 727 saying they will likely vote democratic. 48- percent of those voters backed Sen. David Ige. With 37 picking current Gov. Neil Abercrombie. 15 percent still undecided. NEAL135-47 This is really being propelled much more by an anti-Abercrombie vote than you would expect, because David Ige has not until recently campaigned much or hard. The latest poll, taken June 7-9, shows 69 percent of those voters, say they'd vote for Ige -- not because of his own merits -- but because it means a vote AGAINST Abercrombie. NEAL 516-22 You have to operate with the pessimistic assumption that this could all go down the tubes near the end. A warning for Ige, while his numbers are on the up-tick. When he goes up against likely contenders from other parties, Republican Duke Aiona comes out on top with 31- percent of the vote... Ige tallies 30-percent.. And Independent Mufi Hanneman trails with 17- percent. Gov. Abercrombie fares worse... , Aiona remains the top pic with 33-percent... to Abercrombie's 27 percent and Hannemann taking 17. But there's a long way to go. CHAD 325-33 No one should underestimate Neil Abercrombie. CHAD 345-53 He's got large name recognition, the economy is doing well, no major scandals. The thing is, people just don't seem to be too crazy about him as governor. NEAL 609-18 You have to assume your support is soft here, that the governor's got things he can do and re-sources that he has, that can deromanticize this election. Lara Yamada KITV4 News. Check out Civil Beat Dot com -- for more insight -- as they break down the race even further. Tomorrow -- we'll highlight the Lt. Governor's race. See how current L-T Shan TsuTsui faired against well- known Senator Clayton Hee.