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On June 17, 2013, the [[Hawaii]] [[Democratic Party]] filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to close its primary to all except registered [[Democrats]].<ref>[http://www.hawaiidemocrats.org/ ''Hawaii Democrats'' " News Release: Primary Election Challenge" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref name="primary">[http://www.ballot-access.org/hawaii-democratic-party-sues-to-keep-outsiders-from-voting-in-its-primaries/ ''Ballot Access.org'' "Hawaii Democratic Party Sues To Keep Outsiders from Voting in its Primaries" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
 
On June 17, 2013, the [[Hawaii]] [[Democratic Party]] filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to close its primary to all except registered [[Democrats]].<ref>[http://www.hawaiidemocrats.org/ ''Hawaii Democrats'' " News Release: Primary Election Challenge" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref name="primary">[http://www.ballot-access.org/hawaii-democratic-party-sues-to-keep-outsiders-from-voting-in-its-primaries/ ''Ballot Access.org'' "Hawaii Democratic Party Sues To Keep Outsiders from Voting in its Primaries" Accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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==Candidates==
 
==Candidates==

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Hawaii will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The primary election will be held on August 9, 2014, with the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014.[1]

On December 26, 2012, Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie (D) appointed his Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to fill the seat's vacancy.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
Pending
August 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Candidates

Announced candidates

Democratic Party Colleen Hanabusa: U.S. Congresswoman, Hawaii, District 1[5][6][7][8]
Democratic Party Brian Schatz: Incumbent[9]

Possible candidates

The following individuals had been mentioned as possible candidates.

Democratic Party Tulsi Gabbard: Rep. from District 2[6]
Democratic Party Blake Oshiro: Chief of staff for Gov. Abercrombie[9]
Democratic Party Ed Case: Former Representative[9]
Democratic Party Will Espero: State senator[10]

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.[11] 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.[5]

The looming fiscal cliff votes gave Abercrombie a very narrow window to appoint another Democrat to Inouye's seat.[12][13] 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.[14]

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.[15] On May 7th, 2013 EMILY'S List endorsed Hanabusa over incumbent Brian Schatz.[16][17]

Current 1st district incumbent Colleen Hanabusa announced her decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat on May 2, 2013.[18][19]

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.”[20] 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.”[20]

Both candidates come to the race with their own strengths: Schatz, as an incumbent, starts off with the fundraising advantage and has inherited a team of national strategists and consultants to run his campaign.[21] Hanabusa, on the other hand, is better known within the state and is tapping into the network and political organization Inouye left behind.[21]

Polls

Democratic Senate Primary
Poll Brian Schatz Colleen HanabusaMargin of ErrorSample Size
EMILY’s List
June 10-11, 2013
35%46%+/-3.53771
Civil Beat
June 18-20 2013, June 24, 2013
36%33%+/-3.3869
The Mellman Group
June 26-30, 2013
37%37%+/-4600
AVERAGES 36% 38.67% +/-3.61 746.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

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.[22] 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.[23]

He received other endorsements from:[24]

  • 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.”[20] On May 7th, 2013 EMILY'S List endorsed Hanabusa over incumbent Brian Schatz.[25][26]

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.[27][28] As of financial reports from July 2013, Hanabusa raised $500,000 in six weeks of fundraising since she officially announced her candidacy in May 2013.[29] She also had $248,600 in her House account at the end of the first quarter that she can use for her Senate campaign.[29]

Incumbent Brian Schatz raised $911,000 during the second quarter of 2013, according to his campaign, and had more than $2 million overall as of July 12, 2013.[29]

District history

2012

Hirono won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Primary elections were held on August 11, 2012.[30] Hirono defeated Linda Lingle (R), James Brewer, Jr. (G), Heath Beasley (I), and Paul Manner in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31]

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.[32]

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.gov "Elections" Accessed July 17, 2013
  2. Hawaii Reporter "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  3. Hawaii Democrats " News Release: Primary Election Challenge" Accessed June 19, 2013
  4. Ballot Access.org "Hawaii Democratic Party Sues To Keep Outsiders from Voting in its Primaries" Accessed June 19, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  7. Huffington Post " Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  8. Yahoo News "Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii" Accessed May 3, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  10. Hawaii Reporter "Former Congressman Ed Case Joins Growing List of Democrats Applying for Inouye's U.S. Senate Seat" Accessed July 5, 2013
  11. ABC news, "Sen. Dan Inouye Dies; In Office Since '59," December 17, 2012
  12. CBS news, "Inouye replaceent to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
  13. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  14. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  15. My San Antonio "DSCC to back Schatz over Hanabusa in Senate race" Accessed April 29, 2013
  16. Emily's list "Endorsements" Accessed May 9, 2013
  17. Politico "Colleen Hanabusa rallies EMILY’s List support" Accessed May 9, 2013
  18. Huffington Post " Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  19. Yahoo News "Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii" Accessed May 3, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Washington Post "Inouye’s widow endorses Hanabusa against Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 Politico "Sunny Hawaii is home to hottest Democratic primary" Accessed July 12, 2013
  22. Hawaii Star Advertiser "HGEA endorses Schatz for Senate" Accessed June 18, 2013
  23. My San Antonio "DSCC to back Schatz over Hanabusa in Senate race" Accessed April 29, 2013
  24. Brian Schatz "Endorsements" Accessed June 18, 2013
  25. Emily's list "Endorsements" Accessed May 9, 2013
  26. Politico "Colleen Hanabusa rallies EMILY’s List support" Accessed May 9, 2013
  27. Roll Call "Hawaii: Schatz’s Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes" Accessed April 17, 2013
  28. Honolulu Civil Beat "Hanabusa Campaign Fundraising Falls Short Of What Schatz Has Reported" Accessed April 17, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Honolulu Star Advertiser "Q2 - Hanabusa" Accessed July 12, 2013
  30. AP Results "Hawaii Senate Primary Election Results" Accessed August 12, 2012
  31. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"