Civil Beat Poll - A Year Out, Hawaii Senate Race Up For Grabs

Candidates' respective campaigns

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has a narrow lead over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic Senate primary, 36 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest Civil Beat Poll.

But with a 3.3 percent margin of error and nearly one-fourth of voters surveyed saying they are undecided, neither candidate has a clear advantage in a race that will be decided just over a year from now, on Aug. 9, 2014.

Schatz, appointed in late December by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to the seat held by the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, is being challenged by the congresswoman who Inouye wanted to take his place.

The race has divided the state's dominant political party, in part because of Inouye's influential standing in the party even after his death, and because the candidates hold similar policy views.

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