HD47

November 8th, 2012
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, performed well in the predominantly Mormon Laie region, but it was not enough to capture state House District 47, which stretches from Waialua to Waihole.

Romney failed to win a single House district in Hawaii as island-born President Barack Obama dominated with more than 70 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

But HD47 proved to be an interesting microcosm of identity politics: Republicans mostly held Mormon-influenced precincts in Kahuku and Hauula; Democrats held firm in precincts in Haleiwa and Sunset Beach.

The Kahuku and Hauula precincts saved former Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican who lost in landslide to U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate, from losing in every House district statewide.

Kahuku and Hauula also gave Richard Fale, an Army veteran, former legislative aide and farmer, a Republican victory over former lawmaker Ululani Beirne, a Democrat. Both Fale and Beirne are Mormon, but Fale took Kahuku, the precinct closest to Laie, by more than one thousand votes.

Here is a breakdown of HD47 by precinct:

PRESIDENT

*47-01: Haleiwa Elementary School
Obama: 1,163
Romney: 518

*47-02: Sunset Beach Elementary School
Obama: 975
Romney: 589

*47-03: Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Romney: 1,322
Obama: 652

*47-04: Hauula Elementary School
Obama: 1,395
Romney: 1,307

Total
Obama: 1,395
Romney: 1,307

U.S. SENATE

*47-01: Haleiwa Elementary School
Hirono: 1,023
Lingle: 668

*47-02: Sunset Beach Elementary School
Hirono: 875
Lingle: 713

*47-03: Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Lingle: 1,335
Hirono: 645

*47-04: Hauula Elementary School
Lingle: 1,461
Hirono: 1,268

Total
Lingle: 4,177
Hirono: 3,801

STATE HOUSE

*47-01: Haleiwa Elementary School
Beirne: 875
Fale: 663

*47-02: Sunset Beach Elementary School
Beirne: 775
Fale: 669

*47-03: Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Fale: 1,485
Beirne: 456

*47-04: Hauula Elementary School
Fale: 1,564
Beirne: 1,056

Total
Fale: 4,381
Beirne: 3,162

STATE SENATE*

*47-01: Haleiwa Elementary School
Sen. Clayton Hee (D): 1,002
Colleen Meyer (R): 616

*47-02: Sunset Beach Elementary School
Hee: 846
Meyer: 668

*47-03: Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Meyer: 1,099
Hee: 824

*47-04: Hauula Elementary School
Meyer: 1,362
Hee: 1,303

Total
Hee: 3,975
Meyer: 3,745

*HD47 covers only a portion of state Senate District 23, where Hee won re-election.

3 Responses to “HD47”

  1. Goober:

    What’s with the obsession of number 47?
    47%?


  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Still, SD 23 was the closest Senate race — by far — anywhere in the state. Next time, perhaps a different opponent . . . . .


  3. Bart Dame:

    Watch out. I got chastized on Facebook the other day for suggesting it was important to recognize Mormons tend to vote as a bloc. I am aware of no other legislative district in the state where a religious voting bloc is as powerful as in HD47. It certainly helps the Mormon Church with its development plans when they can deliver the votes of their followers to elected officials who are “friendly.”

    “Keep the Country Country”? Good luck.


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