Civil Beat Poll - Case, Hirono Tied In Hawaii U.S. Senate Race06/12/2012
With two months left before the critical primary election, the top two Democrats in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka remain neck-and-neck.
The survey of 731 voters statewide is a snapshot of voter opinion at the time the poll was taken, between June 5 and June 7.1 The margin of error is +/- 3.6 percent.
The results are nearly identical to numbers released by Case's campaign last month showing a 46-45 lead over Hirono. Hirono's team and national Democrats who support her dismissed those results, with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chief saying he believed Hirono was up by "double digits."
Last year, both campaigns released polls showing strong leads for their respective candidates.2
Hirono has continued to campaign as if she's a strong front-runner. She's focused more of her fire on a potential general election matchup with Republican Linda Lingle, who served as Hawaii's governor from 2002 to 2010, and has declined to debate Case on network television. Starting Tuesday, Case and Hirono will appear in three debates in three days: one on Maui, one on Hawaii Public Radio and one on PBS.