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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6:06 pm

Watch this report for Ka Leo's reports directly from the campaign headquarters of all the major candidates tonight.

CALDWELL HQ @ 10:47 p.m.

Senator Daniel Inouye has just given a congratulatory speach at newly-elected mayor Kirk Caldwell's camp.
Inouye recalled this election as one of the most difficult in his political career and urged both Caldwell and opposing candidate Ben Cateyano to work together on issues. He stated that "Kirk Caldwell will be a good mayor" and urged that "now is the time to roll up our sleeves."

DEMOCRATIC HQ @ 10:11 p.m.

Gabbard gave a victory speech and introduced Sen. Daniel Inouye.

CALDWELL HQ @ 10:09 p.m.

The Caldwell camp erupted in a resounding "boo" during Cayetano's speech.

REPUBLICAN HQ @ 10:04 p.m.

Just before 10 p.m., Charles Djou conceded.

He said he looked forward to a day when one party didn’t dominate  the other and policies were decided by “competition of ideas.”

“But friends, that day is not today,” he said.

He said that although he has deeply held beliefs on various policies, he believes in democracy. “I also very willingly yield to the will of the people,” he said.

REPUBLICAN HQ @ 9:53 p.m.

Just after 9:45 p.m., Linda Lingle conceded. She said she had tried to call Mazie Hirono, but hadn’t been able to get through.

“Nobody likes to come up short in an election like this, but we can hold our heads high,” said Lingle. “We ran a great race based on issues … and the public gets to decide in the end. They’ve made their decision.”

DEMOCRATIC HQ @ 9:52 p.m.

Hirono greeted her supporters and thanked them, naming in particular her campaign manager, Sen. Daniel Inouye, Akaka, her husband and her mother.

CALDWELL HQ @ 9:37 p.m.

Kirk Caldwell is addressing the crowd and thanking his supporters. He wants to wait till the second printout and said, "We are going to see a great tomorrow hopefully."

DEMOCRATIC HQ @ 9:25 p.m.

Sen. Daniel Akaka is addressing the crowd.

CAYETANO HQ @ 9:17 p.m.

Robert Kay, head of communications for the campaign, remains optimistic. He commented, "I would have been happier if we had been up by 10 points, but we weren't, so you deal with reality as it is." He said that Cayetano is not conceding anytime soon as there are still three printouts left and "still light at the end of the tunnel."

CAYETANO HQ @ 9:04 p.m.

Although the entertainers are trying to lighten the mood and keep hope alive, the crowd seems somber at Cayetano's trailing by ten percent. "It's a sad day in Hawai‘i," commented campaign volunteer Dennis Callen, who doesn't believe that Cayetano can overcome the gap.

CALDWELL HQ @ 8:55 p.m.

The Caldwell camp has erupted as the first printout was revealed during President Obama's victory speech. The printout has the mayoral race at Caldwell at 55 percent with Ben Cayetano at 45 percent.

DEMOCRATIC HQ @ 8:44 p.m.

Democrats are celebrating and watching Obama's victory speech.

CALDWELL HQ @ 8:39 p.m.

The Caldwell camp momentarily stopped its entertainment to listen to newly re-elected President Barack Obama's victory speech.

CAYETANO HQ @ 8:38 p.m.

Vicki Cayetano surprised her husband and his supporters by singing him a Filipino song, "Dai hill sai yon." Shortly after, Cayetano spoke to local media for the first time.

CAYETANO HQ @ 8:20 p.m.

Cayetano greeted his supporters on stage for the first time. He went up on stage to the tune of "I Need a Hero."

CALDWELL HQ @ 8:15 p.m.

Glenna Wong, a Caldwell spokesperson, said, "We're cautiously optimistic right now. Kirk has come a long way. In February, he was polling at 17 percent and our latest poll shows that we're neck-and-neck with the opposition, Ben Cayetano. We're cautiously optimistic, but the momentum has steadily grown and tonight we'll be able to tell whether we'll catch up with him."

REPUBLICAN HQ @ 8:04 p.m.

Just before 8 p.m., Linda Lingle came on stage to fire up waiting supporters.

She said that she usually prefers to wait until the second printout before appearing, but wanted to come out at least once before anyone needed to go home. She said that she is often behind in the first printout, but makes it up in the second. “I like to come out when I’m ahead,” she joked.

She also criticized CNN for calling the race prematurely, and asked that supporters wait for later results.

Lingle also thanked those who worked on the campaign and praised student leaders.

DEMOCRATIC HQ @ 7:35 p.m.

Tulsi Gabbard is scheduled to arrive at 9:15 p.m. tonight.

CAYETANO HQ @ 7:28 p.m.

Cayetano and his wife Vicki have arrived to much applause.

CALDWELL HQ @ 7:22 p.m.

The Caldwell camp is anxiously waiting for the first printout. The crowd is currently watching election coverage locally and nationally. As mentioned, 19 polling places ran out of ballots so the expected time of 7 p.m. to release the first printout has been pushed back. Check out our video on the Ka Leo homepage to hear from Rick Tsujimura, Caldwell's campaign operations manager.

CAYETANO HQ @ 7:15 p.m.

Brandon Cayetano, the candidate's son, on how his father felt going into tonight's election: "He's walking on glass, but he has a good feeling. He's always been the underdog. Twenty-eight years of politics and he's always been the underdog. We don't put too much into the polls." 

DEMOCRATIC HQ @ 6:35 p.m.

Governor Neil Abercrombie just delivered a speech about Democrats gaining seats in Congress and Obama being reelected as president.

CALDWELL HQ @ 6:34 p.m.

The Caldwell camp erupted once President Obama was elected to another term. The room is completely full right now. According to a Caldwell spokesperson, the candidate is expected to arrive after the first printout, near the second printout. 

CAYETANO HQ @ 6:28 p.m.

The crowd is ecstatic to find out that Obama has been reelected. Still no appearance from Cayetano.

REPUBLICAN HQ @ 6:04 p.m.

Neither candidate has arrived, but Linda Lingle is expected to arrive around 7:30. According to Charles Djou's deputy campaign manager, Djou will arrive after either 7 or 8 p.m.

In the meantime, supporters are gathering and watching national results as they come in.

CAYETANO HQ @ 5:53 p.m.

Ka Leo has arrived at Neil Blaisdell Center for mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano's campaign party. Entertainment has begun but the venue is still pretty empty.

CALDWELL HQ @ 5:24 p.m.

The Kirk Caldwell camp out near Aloha Tower is rather slow. There are no seats occupied but there are roughly 50 of his supporters walking around the premises. 

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