The 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of Hawaii, concurrently with a special election to Hawaii's Class III Senate Seat, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Primary elections were held on August 9, 2014. In Hawaii, candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor run in separate primaries and are then elected on the same ticket. Incumbent Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie ran for re-election to a second term in office, but was defeated by State Senator David Ige in the Democratic primary, making Abercrombie the first incumbent Governor to lose renomination in Hawaii history. Incumbent Democratic Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui was renominated.

The Republicans nominated former Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona and pastor and former circuit court judge Elwin Ahu. Also running as an Independent was former Mayor of Honolulu Mufi Hannemann and former Honolulu parks and recreation director Les Chang. Ige and Tsutsui won the election.

Democratic primary

Governor

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Neil
Abercrombie
David
Ige
OtherUndecided
July 21–29, 2014458± 4.6%36%54%11%
July 24–28, 2014895± 3.3%41%51%8%
July 23–24, 2014410± ?39%49%12%
June 7–9, 2014729± 3.6%37%48%15%
March 24–April 25, 20141,402± 2.6%42%28%30%
February 12–15, 2014643± 3.9%37%37%26%
January 29–February 3, 2014528± 4.3%47%38%14%
  • * Internal poll for Neil Abercrombie campaign

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticDavid Ige157,05066.01
DemocraticNeil Abercrombie (Incumbent)73,50730.9
DemocraticVan Tanabe2,6221.1
DemocraticBlank vote4,6141.94
DemocraticOver vote1240.05
Total votes237,917100

Lieutenant Governor

Brian Schatz won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 with 37% of the vote and was elected alongside Abercrombie. After the death of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye in December 2012, Abercrombie appointed Schatz to succeed him in the Senate. Schatz resigned as Lieutenant Governor and was succeeded by Shan Tsutsui, the President of the Hawaii Senate.[7]

Candidates

Declared

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticShan Tsutsui120,77950.77
DemocraticClayton Hee81,25534.15
DemocraticMary Zanakis18,1747.64
DemocraticMiles Shiratori2,5931.09
DemocraticSam Puletasi2,1260.89
DemocraticBlank vote12,8505.4
DemocraticOver vote1390.06
Total votes237,916100

Republican primary

Governor

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Endorsements

Results

Republican primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanDuke Aiona41,83294.77
RepublicanStuart Todd Gregory6401.45
RepublicanCharles (Trump) Collins5801.31
RepublicanBlank vote1,0542.39
RepublicanOver vote360.08
Total votes44,142100

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Declared
  • Elwin Ahu, pastor and former circuit court judge[2]
  • Warner "Kimo" Sutton, businessman[19]
Declined

Results

Republican primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanElwin Ahu27,67862.7
RepublicanWarner "Kimo" Sutton11,51126.08
RepublicanBlank vote4,92111.15
RepublicanOver vote320.07
Total votes44,142100

Libertarian nomination

Governor

Candidates

Declared
  • Jeff Davis, solar contractor and radio show host

Results

Libertarian primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
LibertarianJeff Davis58782.56
LibertarianBlank vote12417.44
Total votes711100

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Declared
  • Cynthia (Lahi) Marlin

Results

Libertarian primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
LibertarianCynthia (Lahi) Marlin55578.06
LibertarianBlank vote15621.94
Total votes711100

Hawaii Independent primary

Governor

Candidates

Declared

Results

Independent Party primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
IndependentMufi Hannemann2,10388.62
IndependentBlank vote26911.34
IndependentOver vote10.04
Total votes2,373100

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Declared
  • Running mate: Les Chang, former Honolulu parks and recreation director[19]

Results

Independent Party primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
IndependentLes Chang1,37057.73
IndependentBlank vote1,00242.23
IndependentOver vote10.04
Total votes2,373100

No Party primary

Hawaii has strict criteria for independent candidates seeking to participate in the general election. Three of the four candidates were disqualified for not having a running mate. The other candidate also had no running mate, but had already withdrawn from the race. They all still appeared on the ballot, alongside a notice about their status.[24]

Candidates

Disqualified

Withdrew

Results

Independent primary results[10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
IndependentMisty Davis20118.03
IndependentRichard Morse988.79
IndependentKhis Dejean Caldwell857.62
IndependentJoe Spatola403.59
IndependentBlank vote68761.61
IndependentOver vote40.36
Total votes1,115100

General election

Debates

  • , October 15, 2014

Polling

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Ige (D)
Duke
Aiona (R)
Mufi
Hannemann (I)
OtherUndecided
October 16–23, 20141,002± 6%54%22%5%0%19%
October 16–19, 20141,221± 2.8%40%34%11%6%8%
27%26%47%
October 2014800± 3.5%39%36%12%3%11%
October 11–18, 2014605± 4%47%35%12%1%6%
October 3–8, 2014600± 4%45%33%10%2%10%
September 20–October 1, 20141,319± 4%41%35%6%0%18%
September 11–14, 20141,055± 3%43%39%8%2%8%
48%45%7%
September 9–10, 2014750± 4%40%39%14%2%6%
August 18–September 2, 2014655± 6%37%35%6%2%20%
July 21–29, 2014612± 4%34%41%15%10%
June 7–9, 20141,078± 3%31%31%17%21%
January 29–February 3, 2014642± 3.9%34%51%15%

Results

Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014[36]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticDavid Ige / Shan Tsutsui181,10649.0
RepublicanDuke Aiona / Elwin Ahu135,77536.7
Hawaii IndependentMufi Hannemann / Les Chang42,93411.6
LibertarianJeff Davis / Cynthia (Lahi) Marlin6,3951.7
Blank votes3,0010.8
Over votes4310.1
Total votes369,642100