Campaign continues to gather momentum
HONOLULU (August 1, 2014) – Today’s Civil Beat poll shows a new leader in Hawaii’s first congressional race. Mark Takai has emerged as the new frontrunner in the democratic primary.
According to the poll, 30 percent of those surveyed support Takai with 23 percent supporting Donna Kim. Today’s result show a 13-point swing in favor of Takai since the last poll in late May — Takai increasing by 6 percent and Kim decreasing by 7 percent.
“This poll confirms what we had already been seeing and hearing on the ground,” Takai said. “This race is about offering the voters of Hawaii the clear choice. As we get closer to Election Day, voters will continue to see that we are the campaign that best represents Hawaii’s core democratic values. We are pleased to see these results; however, we are going to keep working extremely hard until all the votes are cast on Aug. 9.”
Campaign spokesman Alex Hetherington echoed Takai, saying, “These results are consistent with what we have been seeing, which is that this is a two-person race. Our strategy all along has been to show the community what Mark Takai stands for and what he will do for the people of Hawaii. These poll numbers indicate that voters are responsive to our positive message and truly believe that Rep. Takai should be the next Congressman to represent Hawaii.”
Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or Department of the Army.