The winner of the primary in the heavily Democratic state will likely have a strong chance at holding the seat for years afterward — Hawaii has traditionally reelected its federal office-holders for decades on end.
Schatz tops Hanabusa in third-quarter fundraising
Schatz was picked to replace Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) after the long-time senator's death late last year, despite Inouye's deathbed request that Hanabusa replace him. She decided earlier this year to run anyway, creating a potentially contentious primary battle in the state. So far, Schatz has had no problem outpacing her in the battle for cash.