It was just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday and the second round of returns had just come in. Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., running for lieutenant governor, was in third place, but he was still holding out hope.
“The numbers are pretty far away, but you know what, I’m looking forward to the numbers being positive for us,” he said from the Dole Cannery on Oahu.
In the latest printout just after 10 p.m. Josh Green had 61,825 votes, Jill Tokuda had 55,754, votes and Carvalho had 38,734 votes. Kim Coco Iwamoto had 28,193 votes and Will Espero has 12,635 votes.
During this election cycle, Carvalho said his team on all the islands worked hard and embraced the people.
“We talked to thousands of people. It’s never over. We’ll see what happens and I look forward to finishing up being mayor,” he said.
Carvalho said his team was staying positive.
“For now we’re focusing on the next print-out,” he said.