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Senator [[Daniel Inouye]] died December 17, 2012, 50 years after he was first elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. He was the longest serving sitting Senator in U.S. history.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/senator-daniel-inouye-dies-office-hawaii-state/story?id=18001650#.UNsLUrbPSfw ''ABC news,'' "Sen. Dan Inouye Dies; In Office Since '59," December 17, 2012]</ref> According to Hawaii law, [[Governor|Gov.]] [[Neil Abercrombie]] (D) must appoint someone to the open seat until the special election in 2014. The appointee must be one of three names submitted by the state party of the incumbent. Inouye gave his preference for his successor in a letter to Abercrombie. In the letter, Inouye listed [[Colleen Hanabusa]] as his pick to replace him in the [[U.S. Senate]]. Representative Hanabusa topped the list of early contenders.<ref name=wmtw>[http://www.wmtw.com/news/politics/Inouye-gave-preference-for-successor-before-he-died/-/8791900/17815468/-/8d4tvnz/-/index.html?absolute=true ''WMTW.com'' "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012]</ref>
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Senator [[Daniel Inouye]] died December 17, 2012, 50 years after he was first elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. He was the longest serving sitting Senator in U.S. history.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/senator-daniel-inouye-dies-office-hawaii-state/story?id=18001650#.UNsLUrbPSfw ''ABC news,'' "Sen. Dan Inouye Dies; In Office Since '59," December 17, 2012]</ref> According to Hawaii law, [[Governor|Gov.]] [[Neil Abercrombie]] (D) was required to appoint someone to the open seat until the special election in 2014. The appointee had to be one of three names submitted by the state party of the incumbent. Inouye gave his preference for his successor in a letter to Abercrombie, in which Inouye listed [[Colleen Hanabusa]] as his pick to replace him in the [[U.S. Senate]]. [[U.S. House|Representative]] [[Colleen Hanabusa|Hanabusa]] topped the list of early contenders.<ref name=wmtw>[http://www.wmtw.com/news/politics/Inouye-gave-preference-for-successor-before-he-died/-/8791900/17815468/-/8d4tvnz/-/index.html?absolute=true ''WMTW.com'' "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012]</ref>
  
 
The looming fiscal cliff votes gave Abercrombie a very narrow window to appoint another Democrat to Inouye's seat.<ref>[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57560759-10391739/inouye-replacement-to-be-named-wednesday/ ''CBS news,'' "Inouye replaceent to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/24/17949-inouyes-last-wish-is-abercrombies-biggest-burden/ ''Civil Beat,'' "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012]</ref> On December 26, 2012, the governor tapped his [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii|Lieutenant Governor]], [[Brian E. Schatz]] (D), to fill the vacancy, denying Inouye's deathbed request that Hanabusa should succeed him.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/26/hawaii-governor-picks-brian-schatz-ignoring-inouyes-final-wish/ ''The Washington Post,'' "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012]</ref>
 
The looming fiscal cliff votes gave Abercrombie a very narrow window to appoint another Democrat to Inouye's seat.<ref>[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57560759-10391739/inouye-replacement-to-be-named-wednesday/ ''CBS news,'' "Inouye replaceent to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/24/17949-inouyes-last-wish-is-abercrombies-biggest-burden/ ''Civil Beat,'' "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012]</ref> On December 26, 2012, the governor tapped his [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii|Lieutenant Governor]], [[Brian E. Schatz]] (D), to fill the vacancy, denying Inouye's deathbed request that Hanabusa should succeed him.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/26/hawaii-governor-picks-brian-schatz-ignoring-inouyes-final-wish/ ''The Washington Post,'' "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012]</ref>

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Hawaii will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The general election date will be on November 4, 2014.

On December 26, 2012, Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie (D) appointed his Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to fill the seat's vacancy.[1]

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Senator Daniel Inouye (D).

On June 17, 2013, the Hawaii Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to close its primary to all except registered Democrats.[2] Currently, Hawaii does not ask voters to choose a party when they register to vote. This is the first time any state Democratic Party has ever filed a lawsuit to close an open primary.[3]

Candidates

Announced candidates

Democratic Party Colleen Hanabusa: U.S. Congresswoman, Hawaii, District 1[4][5][6][7]

Possible candidates

The following individuals had been mentioned as possible candidates.

Democratic Party Tulsi Gabbard, representative-elect to Congress, Hawaii, District 2[5]
Democratic Party Blake Oshiro, current chief of staff for Gov. Abercrombie[8]
Democratic Party Brian Schatz, current Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii[8]
Democratic Party Ed Case, former U.S. Congressman[8]

Race background

Senator Daniel Inouye died December 17, 2012, 50 years after he was first elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. He was the longest serving sitting Senator in U.S. history.[9] According to Hawaii law, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) was required to appoint someone to the open seat until the special election in 2014. The appointee had to be one of three names submitted by the state party of the incumbent. Inouye gave his preference for his successor in a letter to Abercrombie, in which Inouye listed Colleen Hanabusa as his pick to replace him in the U.S. Senate. Representative Hanabusa topped the list of early contenders.[4]

The looming fiscal cliff votes gave Abercrombie a very narrow window to appoint another Democrat to Inouye's seat.[10][11] On December 26, 2012, the governor tapped his Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to fill the vacancy, denying Inouye's deathbed request that Hanabusa should succeed him.[12]

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on April 23 that it plans to back U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his bid for re-election next year amid a primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.[13] On May 7th, 2013 EMILY'S List endorsed Hanabusa over incumbent Brian Schatz.[14][15]

Current 1st district incumbent Colleen Hanabusa announced her decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat on May 2, 2013.[16][17]

On May 3, 2013, the widow of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye endorsed Hanabusa’s bid against Sen. Brian Schatz (D), a move she said honors one of the late senator’s “last requests.”[18] In a statement Irene Hirano Inouye said, “Shortly after she was elected President of the Hawaii State Senate, Dan recognized that Colleen was more than capable of succeeding him and he began to mentor her. His last wish was that Colleen serve out his term because he was confident in her ability to step into the Senate and immediately help Hawaii. I am honoring one of his last requests, and look forward to supporting Colleen on the campaign trail.”[18]

Endorsements

Democratic primary

Brian Schatz

On June 15, 2013 the Hawaii Government Employees Association endorsed Schatz over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.[19] The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on April 23 that it plans to back U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his bid for re-election next year amid a primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.[20]

He received other endorsements from:[21]

  • The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers
  • Hawaii Firefighters Association
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 480
  • Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Plumbers Local 675
  • Elevator Constructors Local 126
  • Drywall, Tapers and Finishers Local 1944
  • Glaziers Local 1889
  • Boilermakers Local 204
  • Painters and Allied Trades Local 1791
  • IBEW Local 1186
  • Heat and Frost Insulators Local 132
  • Teamsters Local 996
  • Roofers Local 221
  • Iron Workers Local 625
  • IBEW Local 1260
  • University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Ocean Champions
  • The National Weather Service Employees Organization and the Council for a Livable World.

Colleen Hanabusa

On May 3, 2013, the widow of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye endorsed Hanabusa’s bid against Sen. Brian Schatz (D), a move she said honors one of the late senator’s “last requests.”[18] On May 7th, 2013 EMILY'S List endorsed Hanabusa over incumbent Brian Schatz.[22][23]

Campaign donors

According to reports in April 2013, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) had already raised $230,000 and had $248,000 cash-on-hand and incumbent Brian Schatz (D) raised $1.1 million and had $1 million cash-on-hand.[24][25]

District history

2012

Hirono won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Primary elections were held on August 11, 2012.[26] Hirono defeated Linda Lingle (R), James Brewer, Jr. (G), Heath Beasley (I), and Paul Manner in the general election on November 6, 2012.[27]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMazie Hirono 61.7% 269,489
     Republican Linda Lingle 36.8% 160,994
     N/A Blank Votes 1.5% 6,599
Total Votes 437,082
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Inouye won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Cam Cavasso (R), Jim Brewer (G), Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan (L), and Jeff Jarrett (I) in the general election.[28]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel K. Inoyue Incumbent 74.8% 277,228
     Republican Cam Cavasso 21.6% 79,939
     Green Jim Brewer 2.1% 7,762
     Libertarian Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan 0.8% 2,957
     Independent Jeff Jarrett 0.7% 2,697
Total Votes 370,583

See also

References

  1. Hawaii Reporter "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  2. Hawaii Democrats " News Release: Primary Election Challenge" Accessed June 19, 2013
  3. Ballot Access.org "Hawaii Democratic Party Sues To Keep Outsiders from Voting in its Primaries" Accessed June 19, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  6. Huffington Post " Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  7. Yahoo News "Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii" Accessed May 3, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  9. ABC news, "Sen. Dan Inouye Dies; In Office Since '59," December 17, 2012
  10. CBS news, "Inouye replaceent to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
  11. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  12. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  13. My San Antonio "DSCC to back Schatz over Hanabusa in Senate race" Accessed April 29, 2013
  14. Emily's list "Endorsements" Accessed May 9, 2013
  15. Politico "Colleen Hanabusa rallies EMILY’s List support" Accessed May 9, 2013
  16. Huffington Post " Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  17. Yahoo News "Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii" Accessed May 3, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Washington Post "Inouye’s widow endorses Hanabusa against Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  19. Hawaii Star Advertiser "HGEA endorses Schatz for Senate" Accessed June 18, 2013
  20. My San Antonio "DSCC to back Schatz over Hanabusa in Senate race" Accessed April 29, 2013
  21. Brian Schatz "Endorsements" Accessed June 18, 2013
  22. Emily's list "Endorsements" Accessed May 9, 2013
  23. Politico "Colleen Hanabusa rallies EMILY’s List support" Accessed May 9, 2013
  24. Roll Call "Hawaii: Schatz’s Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes" Accessed April 17, 2013
  25. Honolulu Civil Beat "Hanabusa Campaign Fundraising Falls Short Of What Schatz Has Reported" Accessed April 17, 2013
  26. AP Results "Hawaii Senate Primary Election Results" Accessed August 12, 2012
  27. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"