Rep. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko Hirono11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Dems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' MORE won her Democratic primary in Hawaii Saturday night setting up a general election contest for the Senate with Republican former Gov. Linda Lingle.
Hirono, a three-term lawmaker, bested former Rep. Ed Case 58 percent to 41, after votes from all 250 precincts were counted, reports said.
Case conceded the race, praising Hirono and saying she would “hold the banner of the Democratic Party high.”
“I know that it’s tough to say that something we worked so hard for has not been successful,” he said, according to a report in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “But the voters have voted their choice tonight and their choice is Mazie Hirono.”
Lingle won her GOP primary contest easily, defeating state lawmaker John Carroll with 90 percent to 6 in early returns.
Hirono and Lingle will compete for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). Their fight is a rematch of their 2002 gubernatorial contest where Hirono lost to Lingle, who went on to be the first two-term GOP governor of the state in 40 years.
The November matchup for Senate is expected to be a tough fight for Lingle. A poll from the Honolulu Star Advertiser last month showed Hirono with 58 percent support from likely voters to Lingle’s 39. A Honolulu Civil Beat/MRG poll put Hirono up, but by a smaller margin of 5 points.
Lingle has won the support of key business groups in the state, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, but Democrats believe they will hold the edge on election day with native son President Obama on the ballot. Obama grabbed 72 percent of Hawaii’s vote in 2008, his largest margin of victory in any state.
Hirono was also boosted with an endorsement from an unlikely corner: GOP Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump | Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Overnight Energy: Biden admin backs Trump approval of major Alaska drilling project | Senate Republicans pitch 8 billion for infrastructure | EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines MORE (Alaska) backed her in a video last month.
In the Democratic primary for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, the seat to be vacated by Hirono, Honolulu city councilwoman Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardProgressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition YouTube rival Rumble strikes deals with Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald MORE topped former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann 55 percent to 34 percent. Reports said Kawika Crowley won the GOP primary for the seat, defeating opponent Matthew Digeronimo.
Gabbard is the favorite in the district which has always been held by Democrats.