Lingle within 4 points of Hirono in internal poll

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) is within 4 points of Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), according to an internal poll from her campaign.

Hirono leads Lingle by 47 to 43 percent in their Senate race, according to the poll. Partisan polls should always be viewed with some skepticism, and this is no different, since the last two public polls of the race had Hirono up by 16 and 19 points and outside groups have shown no signs of spending on the race, an indication neither side views it as very competitive.

Still, Hawaii is notoriously hard to poll and there's a chance there's a closer-than-expected race in the state. The poll of 1200 likely voters was conducted by GOP pollster Jan van Lohuizen from Oct. 9-16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

This post was updated at 2:15 p.m.