Running for governor of Hawaii means facing issues other candidates don’t—like having a state-supported charter school swallowed by lava. But for Andria Tupola, the challenges are even bigger: she’s running as a Republican.
Long before Donald Trump entered politics, America’s island paradise was largely a one-party state. Hawaii hasn’t elected a Republican to the US Senate since 1991 or to the House of Representatives since 2011. Democrats currently control the governor’s mansion, the secretary of state’s office, and both houses of the state legislature.