Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2002
Election results by county
The 2002 Hawaii gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 2002 to select the
Governor of Hawaii. Incumbent
Governor of Hawaii
Ben Cayetano was term-limited and therefore could not run for re-election. Former
Linda Lingle, who had narrowly lost the
1998 election, was nominated once again by the
Mazie Hirono earned the
Democratic nomination in a tightly fought race. Lingle and Hirono duked it out in a toughly-fought campaign, with Hirono's campaign crippled by allegations of corruption within the
Hawaii Democratic Party and many voters desiring a change.
 Ultimately, Lingle won out over Hirono in one of the state's closest gubernatorial elections, allowing her to become the first
Republican Governor of Hawaii since 1962 and the state's first female Governor ever.
Republican primary results
- Official campaign websites (Archived)