State high court rejects Ewa Democrat's request for recount
The ruling means the state Senate will have an opposition party for the first time in two years.
HONOLULU (AP) -
The Hawaii Supreme Court says Republican Kurt Fevella won the state Senate seat representing Ewa Beach, as it rejected a request by his Democratic opponent Matt LoPresti for a recount of ballots cast on Nov. 6.
The court ruled unanimously Wednesday that LoPresti didn't provide any specific facts or information of mistakes, errors or irregularities that would have changed the outcome of the election.
Fevella won 6,204 votes compared to LoPresti's 6,087 votes - a difference of just 116 ballots.
The ruling means the state Senate will have an opposition party for the first time in two years. The 25-member chamber was all-Democrat from 2016 to 2018 after longtime Hawaii Kai Republican state Sen. Sam Slom lost to Sen. Stanley Chang.