Kenoi enjoys his victory

Video by David Corrigan

HILO, Hawaii: In a tight race for Hawaii County Mayor, incumbent Billy Kenoi edged out his mentor and former mayor Harry Kim, remaining as the Big Island’s top executive for another four years.

The Kenoi campaign knew that defeating Kim would be no easy task, especially when  they both advanced past the primary and entered into a general election run-off. The contest was a nail biter. In the final state elections print-out, Kenoi had 31,433 votes to Kim’s  29,976 … which give him 49.6% of the vote to Kim’s 47.6%

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In this video (right) we see Kenoi as he finds out the third set of numbers to come down from the elections office. Kenoi then cautiously congratulates all the volunteers his campaign, as he awaits the final numbers. The video also shows the moment Kenoi was informed that Kim conceded the victory to the mayor.