Former Hawaii Gov. John Waihee (D) has endorsed Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzCoordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon MORE (D-Hawaii), giving him a potential boost in his race against Rep. Colleen HanabusaColleen Wakako HanabusaHawaii New Members 2019 Ige wins second term as Hawaii governor The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts MORE (D-Hawaii).

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The endorsement could help Schatz bridge the ethnic divide that often dominates Hawaii Democratic politics.

Waihee was the first native Hawaiian to serve as governor of the state, from the mid-1980s until 1994. He's since served as part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's (D) administration as head of its Office of Hawaii Affairs.

Abercrombie appointed Schatz to the Senate.