Civil Beat-HNN poll: As election nears, a leader in Honolulu mayor’s race emerges
Former television executive Rick Blangiardi has a solid edge over his opponents in the race to be the next mayor of Honolulu.
Twenty-seven percent of Oahu voters surveyed in the latest Civil Beat/Hawaii News Now poll favor Blangiardi. He leads former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and businessman Keith Amemiya, who are tied at 15% each.
But because a candidate must take more than 50% of the vote to win the mayor’s race outright on Saturday, it is almost certain there will be a runoff on Nov. 3 between Blangiardi and either Hanabusa or Amemiya.
Honolulu City Councilwoman Kym Pine is at 12%, and with a margin of error of 3.5% she is still in the hunt.
A majority of the 660 registered Oahu voters — 55% — said they are looking for a new mayor that will bring a “fresh approach” to governing. Only 26% said governing experience was more important.