The number of U.S. gubernatorial elections that are too close to call has nearly doubled over the past few months, and they include Hawaii’s.

That’s according to Governing Magazine.

“Hawaii’s gubernatorial race continues to mystify,” the analysis states. “In one of America’s bluest states, the incumbent Democrat was soundly defeated in a primary by state Sen. David Ige. Now Ige faces former Republican lieutenant governor James ‘Duke’ Aiona and, running as an Independent, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanemann.”

And this: “In one of the nation’s hardest states to poll, the figures are all over the map. Objectively, it’s hard to believe the Democrats would lose this race, but the three-way contest is so unsettled that we’re keeping it in the tossup category for now.”

The four gubernatorial candidates draw numbers before the start of forum at UH West Oahu presented by the West Oahu Economic Development Association for the order of opening and closing statements:  Mufi Hannemann, Independent Party, Duke Aiona, Republican Party, Jeff Davis, Libertarian Party, Sen. David Ige, Democratic Party on August 26, 2014

Mufi Hannemann, Duke Aiona, Jeff Davis and David Ige.

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Speaking of Abercrombie, he’s one of the biggest primary election “losers” this year, says Politico.

“Abercrombie became the first Democratic governor to lose a primary since 1994, and he did so in spectacular fashion,” the article says. “Abercrombie won only 31 percent of the vote, despite Barack Obama, a Hawaii native and family friend, cutting a radio ad for him.”

Politico also includes another Hawaii pol among the big losers:

“Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa thought she’d get appointed to fill Daniel Inouye’s seat when he died in 2012. But after Gov. Neil Abercrombie passed her over for his lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, she challenged Schatz for the unexpired term — losing narrowly.”

Finally, the big Hawaii primary winner, Ige, is raising more campaign cash.

He has a fundraiser tomorrow night at Dole Cannery and another at the Pagoda Hotel on Sept. 18. Both request donations up to $1,000.

Ige and running mate Shan Tsutsui, meanwhile, will fundraise jointly Friday in Wailuku, asking for contributions of $1,000.

Aiona and Hannemann have not yet scheduled any fundraisers this month.

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