Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui held a 16.9 percentage point lead over Oahu state Sen. Clayton Hee on the second printout of primary election night.
After the first printout, the Maui native said "it's still early... The night's still young."
"We've got to wait and see what the second printout says, and it it stays the same," he said in a phone interview from Oahu.
In the second printout, Tsutsui had 52,591 ballots, or 51.1 percent, with 31 of 245 statewide precincts reporting, while Hee garnered 35,169 votes, or 34.2 percent in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Former TV reporter Mary Zanakis was in third place with 8,062 votes, or 7.8 percent, while Miles Shiratori had 1,089 votes, or 1.1 percent, and Sam Puletasi had 748 votes, or 0.7 percent.