HILO, Hawaii: This just in from Lorraine Rodero Inouye, candidate for Hawaii State Senate district 4… Inouye lost in the democratic primary to State Senator Malama Solomon by a mere 69 votes. In light of the well documented election day confusion, which included late polling place openings in the Kona area, Inouye had considered a challenge to the results.

Inouye speaks at the Democratic Grand Rally on the eve of the primary in Hilo

Source: Lorraine Rodero Inouye


Hilo, Hawaii – Candidate for the State Senate 4th District, Democrat Lorraine Rodero Inouye, today announced that after carefully reviewing election reports and records at the state election headquarters in Pearl City, Hawaii, that she does not have a cause to file a protest over the primary election results and concedes the Democratic primary to Senator Malama Solomon.

“I tried to reach Senator Malama Solomon this afternoon to offer her my congratulations on her win. She has been very gracious in refraining from talking to the media while I addressed my concerns over the electoral process for this primary election. I offer my support for her candidacy in the General Election.”

“Under normal circumstances I would have conceded the Senate District 4 race to Senator Malama Solomon on Primary Election night, however due to the closeness of my race, and the numerous problems reported regarding the conduct of the election on this island by the Hawaii County clerk, I wanted to first conduct fact-finding. I thank the State elections chief Scott Nago and his state elections staff for making records available for my review today. This matter would have been resolved last week if the county elections office and County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi had made those same records available to me last week.”

Inouye thanks her supporters and state election officials on Oahu.