One of the most competitive and contentious political races this year is for the open U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka.
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono and former Congressman Ed Case, both Democrats, are in a hotly contested Primary this August 11.
The winner will take on former Gov. Linda Lingle.
Today, Hirono’s campaign disclosed it raised $941,000 in the past quarter ending June 30, and a total of $3.2 million to date, with $2 million in the bank.
The campaign points out Hirono’s campaign “gained support from more than 5,000 new donors—a 50% increase—bringing total donors to 15,400.”
Hirono campaign manager Betsy Lin said: “It’s clear Mazie’s message of creating jobs and building a sustainable future for Hawaii is striking a cord. While we can expect to be outraised by Linda Lingle and her GOP allies in their attempt to win Hawaii’s U.S. Senate race and bring Republicans one seat closer to control of the U.S. Senate, the increased support we are seeing from the grassroots community is a reminder that we will not be out worked.”
Lingle also announced her fundraising totals today, saying it hit the “campaign’s expectations and goals.” She out raised Hirono, bringing in $1,134,588 between April 1 and June 30. To date, Lingle has raised $4,252,839.37. She said when she launched her campaign she expected she’d have to raise double that figure by the end of the campaign to win.
Meanwhile, Lingle also claims to be ahead of Hirono, citing her own internal poll conducted by Voter/Consumer Research polling firm, which shows her with a 5 percentage point lead. The poll, conducted July 8 – 10, 2012, included calls to 600 likely voters statewide.
“Our country and our state are facing very serious issues. These issues deserve much more thought than the four candidates proposed tonight,” said DiGeronimo.“I have heard all four Democratic candidates propose spending more money to solve issues. Citizen-leaders like myself know that it takes more than being an insider; it requires the ability to utilize creative thinking skills to fix our nation’s underlying problems. I look forward to sharing my proposed solutions to the issues that face our nation and our state in an open and honest dialog.”
DiGeronimo said he looks forward to debating the winner of the Democratic primary.