If today's election is critical for Hawaii's future, it is equally important in setting up the winners and losers in the 2012 campaign.
A Republican sweep tonight obviously means that the Democratic Party's grip on Hawaii politics would wither.
If Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona is elected tonight to carry on the GOP control of the governorship started in 2002 by Gov. Linda Lingle, it would mean that there has been an historic shift in Hawaii political philosophy.
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