By Derrick DePledge
Gov. Neil Abercrombie's campaign is using the results of a new Hawaii Poll to help get out the vote in the Democratic primary against state Sen. David Ige.
The pushback to the poll, which showed Abercrombie trailing Ige, started with a message to the governor's supporters on Sunday from William Kaneko, Abercrombie's campaign manager, titled "Victory in Reach:"
Today, a poll was released by Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that shows us trailing. We don’t believe it for a second. We’ve been polling too and our results have us tied. That means the entire election boils down to a race to drive voter turnout in the final days of the campaign.
Then came former Gov. John Waihee, in "Deja Vu:"
Neil Abercrombie and I have been friends and colleagues for decades. I’ve always known him to be an advocate for Hawai‘i’s people, and a tenacious campaigner. That’s why I am confident he’ll win this election. He’s a rare leader with passion, integrity, and a vision for providing a brighter future for Hawai‘i.
In 1986, I first ran for governor against then-Congressman Cec Heftel. With two weeks left in the election, I was 18 points behind. Thanks to hard work and getting out the vote, I won.
Abercrombie himself spoke out on Monday in "You are my strength:"
As we near the end of our primary election journey many of you have remarked that I have a very deep reservoir of energy. Well it’s true I do – but not because of any particular virtue on my part – It’s really due to the positive and constant encouragement I’ve been receiving all across Hawaiʻi from you and the thousands of people who are supporting us and rooting for victory on Saturday.
This has been especially so in the last 24 hours as news of the Star-Advertiser poll spread. Already messages were pouring in from everywhere expressing disbelief and determination to get the vote out as a response.
Followed by Kaneko, who forwarded a Washington Post blog post about polling challenges in Hawaii:
We know we’re locked in a tie. That’s why we don’t believe the Hawaii News Now / Star-Advertiser poll. It turns out that the Washington Post doesn’t believe the polls either.