05/05/2015 01:41 pm ET Updated May 05, 2015

Donna Mercado Kim Out, Ron Kouchi In After Senate Shake Up

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii state Senate factions are realigning to make Ron Kouchi the chamber’s new chief, replacing Senate President Donna Mercado Kim after less than two years, sources confirmed Monday night.

The votes are there to reorganize leadership before the session ends Thursday, sources said, noting that at least 16 senators in the 25-member Senate have signed on. It’s possible the Senate could vote on the resolution as soon as Tuesday.

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