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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Hanabusa Vs. Schatz — Will Voting Records Matter to Hawaii?

    · By Nick Grube

    What are the political differences between Democratic Senate candidates in one of the bluest states.

  • No Love? Hanabusa and Schatz Can’t Find Nice Words for Each Other

    · By Nick Grube

    But Hawaii’s U.S. Senate candidates say they will work hard to keep the race from turning negative.