The state lawmaker defeated perennial GOP candidate John Carroll and former DOE official Ray L’Heureux.
State Rep. Andria Tupola, a former music teacher serving her second term in the Legislature, defeated longtime Republican stalwart John Carroll on Saturday night in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
In partial results, Tupola had 52.6 percent of the votes, compared to Carroll’s 34.0 percent. Ray L’Heureux, a former assistant superintendent for the state Department of Education, trailed with 8.8 percent.
Tupola faces a monumental task in trying to upset the Democratic nominee. Gov. David Ige was leading Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa on Saturday. Democrats dominate Hawaii politics, and there have only been two Republican governors in Hawaii since statehood.
Wailuku, Maui: “Ah she’s back from the dark side,” said my mostly staunchly Democratic friends, when I showed up for coffee with a first hand report on Andria Tupola’s July 25 visit to Maui.
Tupola is this year’s most unlikely candidate, and one of the few with a certain inexplicable and instantaneously recognizable star quality. She’s one of a handful Republican reps in the otherwise all Democratic state house and she’s given up her seat as minority leader representing the state’s poorest districts (House 43 in Waianae/ Nanakuli on Oahu) to run for governor.
Half Samoan, part Hawaiian, a definite maverick and now in a long long long shot trajectory to be Hawaii’s next governor, she is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dull and dreary slog to November.
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.
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.
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.