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  • Hawaii U.S. Senate: Incumbent Brian Schatz Wins 2 More Years

    · By Nick Grube

    U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz handily defeated Republican challenger Cam Cavasso in Tuesday’s general election.

    Schatz was far ahead of Cavasso, 67 percent to 26 percent. Libertarian Michael Kokoski trailed with 2 percent.

    National media had declared Schatz the winner even before the early numbers came out. However, come January, Schatz will be a member of the minority party, as Republicans took control of the Senate on Tuesday.

    With his family standing on the stage with him at the Democratic Party campaign headquarters in Moiliili, Schatz told supporters, “It’s an honor to serve as

  • Schatz Helps Fellow Dems as Republican Underdog Tries to Unseat Him

    · By Nathan Eagle

    In the past two months, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has given more campaign cash away to help fellow Democrats seeking office than former state Rep. Cam Cavasso — the Republican trying to unseat him Tuesday — has raised in the entire race.

    Schatz spent $4 million during his grueling battle to defeat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the August primary, a contest decided by fewer than 1,800 votes. 

    But since then he’s taken advantage of his huge financial advantage and double-digit lead in the polls to support candidates facing tougher battles on the

  • Hanabusa Won’t Challenge US Senate Election Results

    · By Chad Blair

    U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will not challenge her narrow loss to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in court.

    She conceded the election to Schatz late Tuesday.

    But the congresswoman said she is still concerned about the state’s decision to delay the primary election for one week in two storm-damaged precincts on the Big Island.

    Schatz defeated Hanabusa by just 1,769 votes in an election that saw more than 230,000 votes cast.

    Last week, a Circuit Court judge in Hilo rejected Hanabusa’s request that the second primary, held Aug. 15, be delayed until more power was restored and more

  • Schatz: I’m Not Ready to Leave Puna Behind

    · By Nick Grube

    PUNA, HAWAII — Prior to Tropical Storm Iselle, the most time U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz had spent in the Big Island’s Puna district was while hiking in Volcano National Park.

    Even then he barely set foot in the rural communities surrounding Pahoa that today are still recovering from the devastation caused by 65 mile per hour winds, torrential rain and coastal flooding.

    But a tight race with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa made Schatz get acquainted with the area in ways he might not have had Iselle never made landfall.


  • Hawaii Primary: Schatz Hangs On To Win US Senate Race

    · By Nick Grube

    Incumbent Brian Schatz clinched the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate as the Hawaii Elections Office released results of Friday’s late voting in storm-damaged Puna, plus 800 previously uncounted Maui ballots.

    Schatz picked up 1,601 votes in results announced Friday, while U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa got 1,467. That gave him 48.5 percent of the vote to Hanabusa’s 47.8 percent. The total vote count as of Friday evening was 115,401 for Schatz to 113,632 for Hanabusa — a difference of just 1,769 votes.

    “This has been an extraordinary

  • Will Hanabusa’s Push in Puna Be Enough?

    · By Nick Grube

    U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz embraced U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Saturday night and told her he was replaying the events of a colleague’s life.

    “I feel like Al Franken,” he said.

    Franken is Minnesota’s junior senator, who in 2008 was locked in a tight race with Republican Norm Coleman. They were separated by only a handful of votes, and it took nearly nine months and a lawsuit to settle who won.

    Schatz finds himself in a similarly close race.

    Colleen Hanabusa and Brian Schatz hug at the Democratic Party Unity Breakfast the morning after

  • Hawaii US Senate: Schatz Leads Hanabusa — Slightly

    · By Nick Grube

    U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz was leading U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa early Sunday morning in the Democratic primary race to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. Hanabusa started off the evening with a slight lead but the results flipped as the night wore on.

    The latest election results released Sunday morning had Schatz with 48.5 percent of the vote and Hanabusa with 47.8 percent, as of 3:25 a.m. Sunday.

    Just 1,635 votes separate the two.

    When news broke of the swing in Schatz’s favor his campaign headquarters erupted in cheers.

    But no one was declaring victory. Some votes were still

  • Ad Watch: Hanabusa Hits the TV Airwaves, Touts Local Upbringing

    · By Nick Grube

    The ad is the congresswoman’s first for TV, and presents the same message to voters as her previous radio spot about her being a woman of the people.

  • Ad Watch: Hanabusa Airs First Ad, Highlighting her Hawaii Roots

    · By Nick Grube

    The minute-long radio spot doesn’t touch on issues, but it does show that the congresswoman is hurting for cash.

  • Campaign Cash Advantage: Schatz’s Edge Over Hanabusa Is Paying Off

    · By Nick Grube

    UPDATED The senator has raised and spent more money than his opponent, but still seems to hold the advantage afforded by cash in the bank.

  • Did Sen. Brian Schatz Score Big Political Points With Climate Summit?

    · By Nick Grube

    The senator played a key role in bringing heavy-hitters like Al Gore and Barbara Boxer to Hawaii.

  • Ad Watch: Schatz Touts Equal Pay for Women in Latest TV Spot

    · By Nick Grube

    It’s early in the campaign season, but the senator is on the offensive with his second ad in the past month.