B.J. Penn is refusing to concede the Hawaii governor primary election despite losing the race by way of a wide margin.
The former UFC champion and Hall of Famer safe enough support to get the GOP nomination for Hawaii governor, garnering significantly less than 25 percent of the vote in Saturdays election.
Penn finished well behind former two-time Republican Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona, who secured a lot more than 51 percent of the full total vote. Aiona will proceed along with his gubernatorial campaign against current Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who’ll represent the Democratic party in the Nov. 8 general election.
Yet despite Aionas clear victory, Penn is seemingly refusing to concede the election.
Its not over, Penns campaign wrote on Instagram. We have been not conceding.
During Saturdays primary election, Penn alleged that voter suppression was occurring in Maui and Kailua-Kona.
Penn announced his intention to perform for governor of Hawaii in October 2021, focusing his efforts on resisting government-mandated covid-19 protocols and restrictions. The fighter offered no policy initiatives in his campaign and did little apart from spread Republican talking points about abortion and the next amendment on his social media marketing accounts.
Additionally it is worth noting that Penn has been arrested on numerous occasions in the last couple of years. In 2015, Penn was arrested and charged with assault for fighting outside an area bar. In 2019, Penns former girlfriend filed a restraining order alleging years of physical and sexual abuse. Months later, Penn was involved with a bar fight in Hawaii which resulted in him released from the UFC.
In January 2021, Penn was arrested and charged with DUI.
It remains unclear how Penn plans to contest the principal results, particularly given the wide margin between himself and Aiona.