Civil Beat Poll - Case, Hirono Tied In Hawaii U.S. Senate Race

Ed Morita for Mazie Hirono

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.

Ed Case and Mazie Hirono each sit at 46 percent in a new Civil Beat Poll of likely Democratic primary voters. Eight percent are undecided.

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."

In January, The Civil Beat Poll found a statistical dead heat, though Hirono blasted those results as well.

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.

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