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

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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, left, addresses the supporters of Hawaii State Sen. David Ige as Ige, right, looks on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Honolulu. Ige defeated Abercrombie in the state's primary election to win the Democratic Party's nomination.  Abercrombie, who has spent nearly 40 years in Hawaii politics, is the first Hawaii governor to lose to a primary challenger and only the second not to win re-election.   (Eugene Tanner/AP)

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.


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