1994 Hawaii gubernatorial election

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Nominee Ben Cayetano Frank Fasi Pat Saiki
Party Democratic BPH Republican
Running mate Mazie Hirono Danny Kaleikini Fred Hemmings
Popular vote 134,978 113,158 107,908
Percentage 36.6% 30.7% 29.2%

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County results
Cayetano:      30–40%      40–50%

Governor before election

John Waihee

Elected Governor

Ben Cayetano

The 1994 Hawaii gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1994. Incumbent Democratic Governor of Hawaii John D. Waihee III was prevented from seeking a third term as Governor due to term limits, creating an open seat. Lieutenant Governor Ben Cayetano emerged from a crowded primary to become the Democratic nominee, facing off against former Administrator of the Small Business Administration Pat Saiki, the Republican nominee and Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi, who ran as the Best Party of Hawaii's nominee. In a very close election, Cayetano beat Fasi, who placed second, by six percentage points and Saiki, who placed third, winning only a plurality of the vote. Fasi's performance was notable in that it was the best performance by a third party gubernatorial candidate in Hawaii's history.

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Cayetano 110,782 55.04
Democratic John C. Lewin 76,666 38.09
Democratic Bu La'ia 5,761 2.86
Democratic George Nitta, Jr. 3,505 1.74
Democratic Anthony N. Hodges 2,854 1.42
Democratic Al Canopin, Jr. 1,111 0.55
Democratic Elbert Marshall 607 0.30
Total votes 201,286 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat Saiki 49,953 92.38
Republican Stuart Todd Gregory 2,278 4.21
Republican Charles Y. Hirayasu 1,079 2.00
Republican Robert Measel, Jr. 765 1.41
Total votes 54,075 100.00

General election


Hawaii gubernatorial election, 1994[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ben Cayetano 134,978 36.58% -23.25%
Best Party of Hawaii Frank Fasi 113,158 30.67%
Republican Pat Saiki 107,908 29.24% -9.36%
Green Kioni Dudley 12,969 3.51%
Majority 21,820 5.91% -15.31%
Turnout 369,013
Democratic hold Swing