It's Official: Lingle Running for U.S. Senate

Michael Chow / Hawaii Republican Party

UPDATED 10/11/11 3 p.m.

What had been expected for months became official early Tuesday when Linda Lingle told the KSSK radio program "Perry and Price" that she is running for the U.S. Senate.

A formal announcement is expected at noon at the Pacific Club in downtown Honolulu.

Longtime Lingle adviser Lenny Klompus confirmed the announcement.

Lingle, who served as governor from 2002 until 2010, is the Republican frontrunner for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Daniel Akaka next year.

Democrats Mazie Hirono and Ed Case are facing off in what is expected to be a heated contest in their party's primary. Lingle is expected to have an easy ride to the general election.

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