United States Senate election in Hawaii, 2012

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United States Senate election in Hawaii, 2012
Hawaii
2006 ←
November 6, 2012
Class 1 Senator
→ 2018

Turnout 44.2% (voting eligible)[1]
  Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Linda Lingle in March 2010.jpg
Nominee Mazie Hirono Linda Lingle
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 269,489 160,994
Percentage 62.6% 37.4%

Hawaii Election Results by County, all Democratic.svg

U.S. Senate election results map.
Blue denotes counties/districts won by Hirono.

U.S. Senator before election

Daniel Akaka
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Mazie Hirono
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in Hawaii took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka decided to retire instead of running for re-election to a fourth term. Democratic Congresswoman Mazie Hirono defeated former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle.

Background[edit]

U.S. Representative Daniel Akaka was appointed by Governor John Waihee to the U.S. Senate to serve temporarily after the death of U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga, and sworn into office on May 16, 1990. On November 6 of the same year, he was elected to complete the remaining four years of Matsunaga's unexpired term. He was re-elected in 1994 for a full six-year term and again in 2000 and 2006. Despite originally saying he would seek re-election in 2012,[2] on March 2, 2011, Akaka announced that he would not run for re-election.[3]

Democratic primary[edit]

The primary election was held on August 11.[4] After being locked in a tight race with Ed Case, her predecessor in Congress, incumbent Congresswoman Mazie Hirono pulled away in the final vote, handily defeating Case.

Candidates[edit]

  • Ed Case, former U.S. Representative[5]
  • Michael Gillespie
  • Antonio Gimbernat
  • Mazie Hirono, U.S. Representative[6]
  • Arturo Reyes

Declined[edit]

Campaign[edit]

In December 2011, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman and U.S. Senator Patty Murray for Washington endorsed Hirono.[12] U.S. Senator and President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye for Hawaii also endorsed her. Case criticized "D.C. insiders." He also argued that he is a fiscal moderate, while Hirono was rated the 6th most liberal member of the U.S. House.[13][14] The Daily Kos blog described Ed Case a "Democratic villain."[15]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ed
Case
Mazie
Hirono
Undecided
Civil Beat/Merriman River July 31–August 2, 2012 1,227 ± 2.8% 47% 46% 9%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser July 12–21, 2012 606 ± 4.0% 37% 55% 8%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser July 5–9, 2012 599 ± 4.0% 40% 43% 9%
Civil Beat Poll June 5–7, 2012 731 ± 3.6% 46% 46% 8%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser January 26–February 5, 2012 599 ± 4.0% 36% 56% 8%
Civil Beat Poll January 18–19, 2012 1,358 ± 2.7% 41% 39% 20%
Public Policy Polling October 13–16, 2011 368 ± 5.1% 40% 45% 15%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mazie Hirono 134,745 56.8%
Democratic Ed Case 95,553 40.3%
Blank Votes 3,331 1.4%
Democratic Arturo Reyes 1,720 0.7%
Democratic Michael Gillespie 1,104 0.5%
Democratic Antonio Gimbernat 517 0.2%
Over Votes 110 0.0%
Totals 237,080 100%

Republican primary[edit]

The primary election was held on August 11.

Candidates[edit]

  • John Carroll, former state senator and state representative; unsuccessful 2010 gubernatorial candidate[17]
  • Charles Collins[18]
  • Linda Lingle, former Hawaii governor[19]
  • Eddie Pirkowski, former Hawaii U.S. Senate Candidate in 2010 and 2006, and businessman[20]
  • John Roco

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John
Carroll
Linda
Lingle
Undecided
Public Policy Polling October 13–16, 2011 293 ± 5.7% 9% 85% 6%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linda Lingle 44,252 90.2%
Republican John Carroll 2,900 5.9%
Blank Votes 749 1.5%
Republican John Roco 545 1.1%
Republican Charles Collins 366 0.7%
Republican Eddie Pirkowski 232 0.5%
Over Votes 25 0.1%
Totals 49,069 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Mazie Hirono (Democratic), U.S. Congresswoman
  • Linda Lingle (Republican), Former Governor and Mayor of Maui
  • Heath Beasley (Independent)[24]

Debates[edit]

  • September 6, 2012 – Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and various other hosts[25][26]
  • October 8, 2012 – AARP Hawaii
  • October 16, 2012 – Honolulu Civil Beat, complete video at C-SPAN
  • October 18, 2012 – PBS Hawaii
  • October 22, 2012 – Hawaii Star Advertiser[27][28]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Mazie Hirono (D) $5,518,572 $5,657,753 $77,323 $241,951
Linda Lingle (R) $5,865,323 $5,839,282 $26,042 $194,534
Source: Federal Election Commission[29][30]

Top contributors[edit]

Mazie Hirono Contribution Linda Lingle Contribution
EMILY's List $215,640 Goldman Sachs $39,900
University of Hawaii $29,900 Elliott Management Corporation $39,500
Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda $24,618 Humanscale Corporation $34,000
Alexander & Baldwin $23,100 Bank of America $21,240
RM Towill Corp $23,000 Richie's Specialty Pharmacy $20,000
Weitz & Luxenberg $22,400 Marriott International $19,500
Council for a Livable World $20,914 Murray Energy $19,205
Nan, Inc. $20,000 State of Hawaii $18,350
Thornton & Naumes $20,000 Devon Energy $15,500
BNP Paribas $17,250 Crown Associates Realty $15,000
Source: Center for Responsive Politics [31]

Top industries[edit]

Mazie Hirono Contribution Linda Lingle Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $524,619 Retired $640,433
Women's Issues $336,772 Financial Institutions $368,837
Retired $194,307 Leadership PACs $291,500
Leadership PACs $186,500 Real Estate $249,216
Real Estate $123,598 Pro-Israel $185,500
Transportation Unions $110,400 Health Professionals $154,550
Lobbyists $109,344 Petroleum Industry $137,950
Public Sector Unions $108,000 Misc Finance $137,500
Democratic/Liberal $85,788 Lawyers/Law Firms $135,086
Shipping Industry $85,385 Republican/Conservative $101,664
Source: Center for Responsive Politics [32]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mazie
Hirono (D)
Linda
Lingle (R)
Undecided
Civil Beat/Merriman River October 24–26, 2012 1,218 ± 2.8% 55% 40% 5%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser October 15–22, 2012 786 ± 3.5% 57% 35% 8%
Civil Beat/Merriman River September 26–28, 2012 1,684 ± 2.4% 55% 39% 6%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser July 12–21, 2012 756 ± 3.6% 58% 39% 4%
Civil Beat/Merriman River June 5–7, 2012 1,105 ± 2.9% 49% 44% 5%
Public Policy Polling May 16–17, 2012 600 ± 4.0% 50% 41% 9%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser January 26–February 5, 2012 771 ± 3.5% 57% 37% 5%
Civil Beat/Merriman River January 18–19, 2011 1,358 ± 2.7% 46% 39% 16%
Public Policy Polling October 13–16, 2011 568 ± 4.1% 48% 42% 10%
Honolulu Star-Advertiser May 4–10, 2011 614 ± 4.0% 57% 35% 8%
Public Policy Polling March 24–27, 2011 898 ± 3.3% 52% 40% 9%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Hawaii, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mazie Hirono 269,489 62.6
Republican Linda Lingle 160,994 37.4
Majority 108,495 25.20
Turnout 430,483 44.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Mizutani, Ron (April 26, 2010). "Sen. Akaka: "God willing, I Plan to Run Again in 2012"". KHON2. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b DePledge, Derrick (March 2, 2011). "AKAKA WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2012". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Maui Weekly
  5. ^ Starkey, Melanie (April 10, 2011). "Ed Case to Mount Hawaii Senate Campaign". Roll Call. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (May 19, 2011). "Mazie Hirono to Run for Open Senate Seat in Hawaii". Roll Call. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ Daranciang, Nelson (May 31, 2011). "Duckworth not considering run for Hawaii posts". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ Catanese, David (March 3, 2011). "Hanabusa passes on Senate Bid". Politico. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Blair, Chad (August 24, 2011). "No Senate Run for Hanabusa". Honolulu Civil Beat (Peer News LLC). Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  10. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (August 24, 2011). "Hanabusa Will Seek Re-Election, Not Bid for Senate". Roll Call. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  11. ^ Joseph, Cameron (August 30, 2011). "Former Honolulu Mayor Hannemann to run for House". Ballot Box. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ Poll: Hirono in solid shape in Senate primary - The Hill's Ballot Box
  13. ^ Former Congressman Ed Case: If Hirono Wins U.S. Senate Democratic Primary, Former GOP Gov. Lingle Will Beat Her | Hawaii Reporter
  14. ^ Unrelenting Ed Case Says Mazie Hirono Is D.C. Insider : Roll Call Politics
  15. ^ Honolulu Civil Beat – Capitol Watch – Hawaii Politics and Government – Daily Kos Hates Ed Case
  16. ^ a b "PRIMARY ELECTION 2012 - State of Hawaii - Statewide". State Of Hawaii Office of Elections. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ex-HI GOP legislator John Carroll to run for U.S. Senate". The Hawaii Independent. September 21, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ Bracken, Sherry (May 29, 2012). "Senate Candidate Lingle Continues to Campaign on Big Island". Retrieved July 25, 2012. "In the August 11 Republican primary, she will face Charles Collins of Pahoa." 
  19. ^ DePledge, Derrick (October 11, 2011). "Lingle joins U.S. Senate race". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ http://hawaii.gov/elections/candidates/reports/2012/candidate_report_2012-06-08_CERTIFIED.pdf
  21. ^ "Aiona says he will not run for Congress in 2012". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. August 16, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Djou announces run for Congress, will deploy to Afghanistan". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. August 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  23. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (August 17, 2011). "Ex-Rep. Djou Announces Bid for House". Roll Call. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  24. ^ "Hawaii – County Vote Results". Associated Press. August 12, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Hirono, Lingle square off in first Senate debate". New Vision Television – KHON2. September 6, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  26. ^ Sakahara, Tim (September 6, 2012). "Lingle and Hirono battle in feisty debate". Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Lingle, Hirono finalize debate schedule". The Maui News. August 23, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Lingle, Hirono finalize US Senate debate schedule". Real Clear Politics. Associated Press. August 22, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  29. ^ Federal Election Commission. "2012 House and Senate Campaign Finance for Hawaii HIRONO, MAZIE K". fec.gov. 
  30. ^ Federal Election Commission. "2012 House and Senate Campaign Finance for Hawaii LINGLE, LINDA". fec.gov. 
  31. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Top Contributors 2012 Race: Hawaii Senate". opensecrets.org. 
  32. ^ Center for Responsive Politics. "Top Industries 2012 Race: Hawaii Senate". opensecrets.org. 

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