HONOLULU - State Sen. David Ige has a taken a strong lead over incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie in early returns in Hawaii's Democratic primary.
Ige had 65 percent to Abercrombie's 31 percent in the first report of early and absentee ballots Saturday night.
The first release Saturday night included 104,000 votes - about two-thirds of the early votes cast.
The race has divided Democrats, some of whom were angry with Abercrombie's efforts to raise several taxes and what some call his confrontational style. Ige promised to be more respectful in his politics.
The crowd at Ige's election night party erupted in cheers when the results appeared on TVs there.