State Rep. Andria Tupola has surged ahead of her opponent, attorney and former state Sen. John Carroll, in the Republican primary for governor, according to the latest Hawaii Poll.
Some 41 percent of likely primary voters said they would vote for Tupola if the election were held today, versus 28 percent who said they would vote for Carroll.
A plurality of Democratic voters think Gov. David Ige is the most trustworthy candidate running this year and also rate him highest for leadership ability in Hawaii Poll.
Republican campaign contributors have a clear favorite for governor in the Aug. 11 primary — state Rep. Andria Tupola.
Donors gave the GOP candidate $147,000 during the first six months of this year, according to her finance reports filed Thursday with the state Campaign Spending Commission.
Former state lawmaker John Carroll, a retired lawyer, raised $32,000 during the same period. And the only other Republican candidate, former Department of Education assistant superintendent Ray L’Heureux, brought in about $3,000.
As one of the few Republicans in the Hawaii Legislature, Rep. Andria Tupola says she’s been focused on statewide issues as well as those of her Leeward Coast district since she was elected in 2014.
She joins the Pod Squad to talk with host Chad Blair about why she’s trading in her legislative seat for a long-shot campaign for governor.