14 Aug 2012

American Samoa-born woman in Hawaii primary race

12:29 pm on 14 August 2012

An American Samoa-born woman, Tulsi Gabbard, has won the Democratic Party's nomination in Hawai'i's primary election advancing to the November general election for the state's second seat in the US House of Representatives.

The 31-year-old defeated a former Honolulu mayor, Mufi Hannemann, who is also of Samoan ancestry.

She is also a council member for the Honolulu City Council will now face a Republican nominee at the November general election.

In the primary election, she received 55 percent of the votes compared to Mr Hannemann's 35 percent.

Miss Gabbard is a captain in the Army National Guard and served two Middle East tours.