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Poll: Sen. David Ige Holds Healthy Lead Over Neil Abercrombie In Hawaii Governor Race

Hawaii State Sen. David Ige talks about the state budget and the land preservation deal on Oahu's North Shore in his office T
Hawaii State Sen. David Ige talks about the state budget and the land preservation deal on Oahu's North Shore in his office Thursday April 24, 2014. Hawaii lawmakers are confronting a deadline to pass the state budget, but they're still deciding how to work out key issues that include a historic land-preservation deal and funding for a slew of nonprofits. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

Less than two months before the Aug. 9 primary for Hawaii governor, state Sen. David Ige leads Gov. Neil Abercrombie by 11 percentage points among likely Democratic voters.

Ige has 48 percent of the vote compared with 37 percent for Abercrombie. Fifteen percent of those surveyed say they are undecided.

The poll numbers are the culmination of a dramatic turn of events for the incumbent governor who has raised millions for his re-election campaign and is advertising heavily. Ige, the Senate Ways and Means chair little known outside his Pearl City-Aiea district, has raised little money and is not running TV ads so far.

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