He couldn’t carry the nativist vote this time.
Via Detroit FREEP
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.
Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.
“Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in,” Abercrombie said. “Doctrinally I was outside the circle and paid for it.” He argued that voters were urged to choose his opponent by their religious leaders.
Abercrombie, who spoke to reporters in his office, lost to Ige by a stunning 2-1 margin, the first time a Democratic governor has been unseated in a Hawaii primary.
But Abercrombie said losing was worth it to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.
“There’s no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being’s ability to reach their full capacity,” Abercrombie said.
Republican gubernatorial candidate James “Duke” Aiona said he’s flattered that Abercrombie thinks there are so many Republicans in Hawaii that they could have caused such a huge defeat.