Civil Beat Poll — Schatz Has Narrow Lead Over Hanabusa

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Incumbent Brian Schatz has a 2 percentage point lead over challenger Colleen Hanabusa, 38 percent to 36 percent, in the race to be Hawaii's next U.S. senator.

But more than one-fourth of likely Democratic primary voters (26 percent) still aren't sure which Democrat they will back in the Aug. 9, 2014, primary.

The latest poll numbers are similar to Civil Beat's June survey of the contest, which showed Schatz up 36 percent to 33 percent.

At the time, we said the Senate race was up for grabs. It still is.

"It's anybody's race," said Matt Fitch, executive director of Merriman River Group, which conducted The Civil Beat Poll. "It also suggests that most of the respondents, the majority, are fairly happy with the two choices."

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