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Hawaii Primary: Schatz Hangs On To Win US Senate Race

Six days after the rest of Hawaii voted, two Big Island precincts weigh in. Meanwhile, 800 previously uncounted ballots from Maui are added to the mix.

·By Nick Grube

Incumbent Brian Schatz clinched the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate as the Hawaii Elections Office released results of Friday’s late voting in storm-damaged Puna, plus 800 previously uncounted Maui ballots.

Schatz picked up 1,601 votes in results announced Friday, while U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa got 1,467. That gave him 48.5 percent of the vote to Hanabusa’s 47.8 percent. The total vote count as of Friday evening was 115,401 for Schatz to 113,632 for Hanabusa — a difference of just 1,769 votes.

“This has been an extraordinary

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