With the first election printout at about 7 p.m. Rep. Justin Woodson held a 52.8 percent lead over challenger and former Mayor James "Kimo" Apana, who polled 42.9 percent with about 15 percent of the vote in.
Woodson had 1,183 votes to Apana's 961 votes. The winner will capture the seat.
In other closely watched Maui County races, Council Member Elle Cochran received 40.4 percent of the vote (5,865 votes), compared to her challengers Ka'ala Buenconsejo (27.7 percent, 4,029 votes) and Rick Nava (16 percent, 2,327). They are running for two spots in the general election for the West Maui residency seat.
In the Makawao-Haiku-Paia council residency race, Mike Molina held an early lead with 6,045 votes (41.6 percent) to incumbent Mike White, 5,369 (37 percent).
In the mayor's race, Mayor Alan Arakawa has a commanding lead with nearly 64 percent of the vote. His challenger in the general election will appear to be Tamara Paltin, who polled 10.5 percent.