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Abercrombie blames primary loss on gay marriage

HONOLULU, HI - DECEMBER 21: President Barack Obama is greeted by  State of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the First Family arrive for their winter vacation on December 21, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The president and his family spend the Christmas holiday in Hawaii, Obama's birthplace. (Photo by Cory Lum - Pool/Getty Images) (Pool, 2013 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/30 11:33 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

Abercrombie said Friday that Republicans allowed to vote in the open primary think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target in the general election.

Abercrombie made the remarks to a group of reporters at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.

Abercrombie says losing the primary was worth passing the law. He lost to Ige by a stunning 2 -1 margin.

Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona says he's flattered that Abercrombie thinks there are so many Republicans in Hawaii that they could have caused such a huge defeat.

Ige could not immediately be reached for comment.


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