Primary on Saturday

With only five days left before the 2014 Hawaii primary election, a few things have become obvious:

The Neil Abercrombie-vs.-David Ige race for the Democratic nomination for governor remains very close. Whoever wins the nomination is going to be involved in a fascinating race in the general election as he will face two strong candidates in Republican James Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann. It is anyone’s guess how the votes are going to split in that race.

Saturday’s contest for the Democratic nomination for United States Senate will undoubtedly select our next senator. Both challenger Colleen Hanabusa and incumbent Brian Schatz have strong name recognition in the state. The winner should roll over the Republican nominee.

Conversely, the U.S. 1st District House seat may very well go to Republican Charles Djou, who seems to be far better known than the slew of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination. Djou briefly held the seat after Abercrombie resigned it in 2010 to run for governor. He lost it to Hanabusa in the 2010 general election.

The safest bet in the whole election year is the re-election of Tulsi Gabbard to the U.S. 2nd District House seat. Gabbard has very strong support from veterans. Her own military career lets vets know she is one of them and a strong spokesperson for their interests.

Early voting is already underway. We’d remind readers to take the time to inform themselves before heading to cast ballots. Sunday’s primary election tabloid in The Maui News has a lot of information about the candidates.

Perform your civic responsibility and vote.

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.