Gov. Neil Abercrombie has become the first sitting governor to go down in a primary in the (relatively short!) history of Hawaii, and only the second to ever lose election to a second term, period. Right-wingers are making much of the fact that President Obama had endorsed him, calling him family, but Abercrombie—who signed gay marriage into law—did several things to antagonize Hawaiians (suggesting the raising of several taxes) and, more to the point, his base (not appointing as senator the person chosen by the late Sen. Inouye, screwing the teachers union with a contract they didn't love).
It's a sad loss for a guy with a 40-year career in Hawaiian politics. Abercrombie has promised to throw all of his might into supporting the man who bested him, State Sen. David Ige.