Civil Beat Poll — Hawaii's U.S. Senate Race In 'Holding Pattern'

Just five months before the first votes are cast, likely Democratic primary voters are evenly split on who to support for the U.S. Senate.

A new Civil Beat Poll shows U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa with 40 percent each. Another 20 percent are not sure who they'll vote for.

This is the third time Civil Beat has polled the Schatz-Hanabusa matchup in eight months, and there has been very little movement in either direction for either candidate.

"They are in a holding pattern," said Matt Fitch, executive director of Merriman River Group, which conducted The Civil Beat Poll. "I think for many people this may be one of the more high-profile Senate primaries, and it is unusual because there is not a massive ideological division between the two candidates. They are two popular choices."

Fitch added, "What is unusual is that the incumbent is slightly less well known than the challenger."

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