- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A former state lieutenant governor has won Hawaii’s Republican primary for governor, easily defeating two other candidates for the top spot.

James “Duke” Aiona, an attorney and substitute teacher, beat Republicans Charles Collins and Stuart Gregory in Saturday’s contest.

He advances to the November general election, where he will face one of the two Democrats, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige (EE-gay), as well as Independent Party candidate and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Aiona was Hawaii’s lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2010, during Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration. He lost the governor’s race to Abercrombie as the party’s nominee in 2010.

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