Week In Politics: Hawaii Primary Upset And Reaction To Iraq Airstrikes

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Hawaii’s incumbent governor, Neil Abercrombie, suffered a surprising loss against little-known state Senator David Ige in the gubernatorial primary, becoming the first sitting governor to lose a primary in the state’s history.

Also, Hawaii’s senate primary was marked too close to call on Sunday because Tropical Storm Iselle disrupted the voting in two districts, and top Republicans in Congress are reacting to President Obama’s decision for limited airstrikes in Iraq.

NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian talks to Here & Now's Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson about the Hawaii primaries and what Congress is saying about the airstrikes in Iraq.


This segment aired on August 11, 2014.


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