Open U.S. Senate Race Rare in Hawaii05/31/2011
UPDATED 5/31/11 9:14 a.m.
The race to fill the vacancy created by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in 2012 is shaping up to be the most competitive in years.
Why all the fuss from Democrats, Republicans and third-party candidates? Because there is no incumbent in the race.
Indeed, the last time Hawaii had an open Senate seat was in 1976 — 35 years ago. Lt. Gov. Schatz was just 4 years old.