Hawaii Democratic Primary Too Close To Call
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and challenger Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) are locked in a very close primary race, with neither one willing to concede and just more than 1,600 votes separating them in the polls, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. B.J. Reyes, a reporter for the paper, spoke to Washington Journal on Sunday morning about the pending results.
Schatz was sworn in to his Senate seat in December 2012 after being appointed by Neil Abercrombie, the Aloha State's Democratic governor, to replace the late Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI). Abercrombie's appointment of Schatz was counter to the wishes of Inouye, who wanted Hanabusa to replace him in the upper chamber.
Abercrombie was defeated by his primary challenger, State Senator David Ige (D-HI), in Saturday's primary.
Schatz's appointment only lasts through the end of the 113th Congress, and Hawaii is holding an election this year to determine who will serve out the remainder of Inouye's six-year term, which runs through 2016. Hanabusa challenged Schatz for the seat, along with another Democrat, Brian Evans, who has trailed a distant third in the race.
Hanabusa and Schatz rhetorically sparred in a July 17 debate, touching on veterans' health care, U.S. intervention in Iraq, and sovereignty for native Hawaiians.
Results from all of Hawaii's Saturday races are here, frequently updated by the Associated Press.