Longtime Congressman Neil Abercrombie won a resounding election as Hawaii's governor Tuesday, on a night when the state bucked the national Republican trend.

The Democratic Abercrombie will replace Republican Linda Lingle, leaving after eight years because of term limits. He rolled up more than 58% of the vote against Lingle's lieutenant governor, Duke Aiona.

Democrats maintained their crushing hold on the state Legislature, winning at least 42 of 51 state House seats and 24 of the 25 state Senate seats.

On Oahu, Honolulu voters approved a measure to create a semi-autonomous transit authority to build and operate the city's planned rail transit system.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will have bond issuance authority.

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