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.