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Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2002

Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2002

November 3, 2002

Nominee Linda Lingle Mazie Hirono
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Duke Aiona Matt Matsunaga
Popular vote 197,009 179,647
Percentage 51.56% 47.01%

Governor before election

Ben Cayetano

Elected Governor

Linda Lingle

The 2002 Hawaii gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 2002 to select the Governor of Hawaii. Incumbent Democratic Governor of Hawaii Ben Cayetano was term-limited and therefore could not run for re-election. Former Maui Mayor Linda Lingle, who had narrowly lost the 1998 election, was nominated once again by the Republicans while Lieutenant Governor Mazie Hirono earned the Democratic nomination in a tightly fought race. Lingle and Hirono duked it out in a toughly-fought campaign, with Hirono's campaign crippled by allegations of corruption within the Hawaii Democratic Party and many voters desiring a change.[1] Ultimately, Lingle won out over Hirono in one of the state's closest gubernatorial elections, allowing her to become the first Republican Governor since 1962 and the first female Governor ever.


  • Democratic primary 1
    • Candidates 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • Republican primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • General election 3
    • Results 3.1
  • References 4

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mazie Hirono 76,709 41.24%
Democratic Ed Case 74,096 39.84%
Democratic D. G. Anderson 33,384 17.95%
Democratic Georga Nitta, Jr. 747 0.40%
Democratic Art P. Reyes 568 0.31%
Democratic Joe Fernandez 491 0.26%
Totals 185,995 100.00%

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linda Lingle 70,808 89.77%
Republican John Carroll 7,616 9.66%
Republican Crystal Young 454 0.58%
Totals 78,878 100.00%

General election


Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Linda Lingle 197,009 51.56% +2.74%
Democratic Mazie Hirono 179,647 47.01% -3.09%
Natural Law Bu La'ia Hill 2,561 0.67%
Libertarian Tracy Ryan 1,364 0.36% -0.72%
Independent Jim Brewer 1,147 0.30%
Independent Daniel Cunningham 382 0.10%
Majority 17,362 4.54% +3.25%
Turnout 382,110
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


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