By Derrick DePledge
William Kaneko, Gov. Neil Abercrombie's campaign manager, sent an email to supporters on Monday about the results of a private poll that showed the governor ahead of state Sen. David Ige, his primary challenger.
The email, titled "We've Pulled Ahead," is interesting in that implies that the governor was at some point behind Ige.
A Hawaii Poll taken in February had Abercrombie up over Ige by single digits, which was striking given that many voters had not heard of Ige. Private polls circulating among political insiders more recently have suggested that Ige is competitive.
Kaneko said SMS Research, which polled for the Abercrombie campaign, had the governor up over Ige 42 percent to 28 percent during the spring.
The poll was taken between March 24 and April 25 by phone among 1,402 registered voters statewide. The margin of error was 2.61 percentage points.