Lingle Raises $1.8M, Sprints Past Hirono

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

UPDATED 1/26/12 5:46 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Hawaii may not be known for its Republicans, but the first fundraising figures out of former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle's campaign for U.S. Senate shows that Republicans are committed to changing the balance of power in the aloha state.

Lingle raked in nearly $1.8 million in her first three months of fundraising, according to her campaign. The majority of her donations came from out of state, with 44 percent of donations coming from Hawaii residents.

The former governor was able to pull in nearly three times as much as the Democratic frontrunner in the race, Rep. Mazie Hirono.

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