United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014

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United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014
Hawaii
2010 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2016

  Brian Schatz, official portrait, 113th Congress 2.jpg Cam Cavasso.jpg
Nominee Brian Schatz Campbell Cavasso
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Brian Schatz
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in Hawaii will take place on November 4, 2014, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The primary elections were held on August 9, 2014.[1]

Incumbent Democratic Senator Brian Schatz was appointed to the office in December 2012, following the death of longtime senator Daniel Inouye.[2] He is running in the special election, which will determine who will serve the remainder of Inouye's term ending January 3, 2017.

The Hawaii primary elections took place on August 9, but the Democratic primary remained unresolved until August 15 due to areas affected by damage from Tropical Storm Iselle.

Background[edit]

Daniel Inouye announced that he planned to run for a record tenth term in 2016, when he would have been 92 years old.[3][4] He also said, "I have told my staff and I have told my family that when the time comes, when you question my sanity or question my ability to do things physically or mentally, I don't want you to hesitate, do everything to get me out of here, because I want to make certain the people of Hawaii get the best representation possible."[5] Inouye died on December 17, 2012.[6] Prior to his death, Inouye left a letter encouraging Governor Neil Abercrombie to appoint Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to succeed Inouye should he become incapacitated.[7]

Abercrombie instead appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii Brian Schatz as U.S. Senator, citing Hanabusa's seniority on the United States House Committee on Armed Services as a chief reason not to appoint her to the position.[8]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Brian
Schatz
Colleen
Hanabusa
Other Undecided
Hawaii Poll July 21–29, 2014 458 ± 4.6% 42% 50% 8%
Civil Beat July 24–28, 2014 895 ± 3.3% 49% 41% 10%
Public Policy Polling July 23–24, 2014 410 ± ? 49% 39% 11%
Civil Beat May 18–19, 2014 520 ± 4.3% 44% 39% 16%
Public Policy Polling May 9–11, 2014 606 ± 4% 49% 34% 17%
Civil Beat February 12–15, 2014 643 ± 3.9% 40% 40% 20%
Hawaii Poll January 29–February 3, 2014 528 ± 4.3% 40% 48% 11%
Mellman Group* January 7–13, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 41% 37% 22%
Civil Beat October 9–10, 2013 549 ± 4.2% 38% 36% 26%
Mellman Group* June 26–30, 2013 600 ± ?% 38% 37% 25%
Civil Beat June 18–20 & 24, 2013 869 ± 3.3% 36% 33% 9% 23%
Clarity Campaigns^ June 10–11, 2013 771 ± 3.53% 35% 46% 19%
QMark Research^ February 2013 500 ± 4.38% 32% 54% 13%
  • * Internal poll for Brian Schatz campaign
  • ^ Internal poll for Colleen Hanabusa campaign

Delay in election result[edit]

Primary elections in Hawaii were held on August 9, 2014. However, two precincts in Puna on Hawaiʻi Island did not open due to damage from Hurricane Iselle, and the approximately 8,255 voters in those precincts instead voted on August 15.[25] The two leading Democratic candidates, Colleen Hanabusa and Brian Schatz, were initially separated by only 1,635 votes, meaning that the final outcome was officially uncertain until voting in Puna was finished.[26][27] However, according to analysis by Hawaii News Now, Hanabusa would need to win approximately 65% of the vote in the outstanding precincts to overtake Schatz, something she had not managed in any other precinct in the state.[28] Thus, Schatz was seen as the likely winner.[29] After voting in Puna was completed, Schatz was declared the winner by a margin of 1,769 votes.[30] Hanabusa conceded on August 19.[31]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Schatz 115,445 48.5%
Democratic Colleen Hanabusa 113,663 47.8%
Democratic Brian Evans 4,842 2.0%
Democratic Blank vote 3,842 1.6%
Democratic Over vote 150 0.1%
Totals 237,942 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Vote totals listed do not include two precincts that will vote on August 15.

Republican primary results[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Campbell Cavasso 25,874 58.6%
Republican John P. Roco 4,425 10.0%
Republican Harry J. Friel, Jr. 3,477 7.9%
Republican Eddie Pirkowski 2,033 4.6%
Republican Blank vote 8,306 18.8%
Republican Over vote 34 0.1%
Totals 44,149 100%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Michael Kokoski

Results[edit]

Libertarian primary results[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Michael Kokoski 568 79.9%
Libertarian Blank vote 143 20.1%
Libertarian Over vote 0 0.0%
Totals 701 100%

No Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Joy Allison
  • Arturo Pacheco Reyes

Results[edit]

Independent primary results[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Joy Allison 388 34.8%
Independent Arturo Pacheco Reyes 184 16.5%
Independent Blank vote 540 48.4%
Independent Over vote 3 0.3%
Totals 1,115 100%

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Brian
Schatz (D)
Campbell
Cavasso (R)
Other Undecided
CBS News/New York Times September 20–October 1, 2014 1,319 ± 4% 78% 22% 0% 0%
Civil Beat September 11–14, 2014 1,055 ± 3% 62% 25% 13%
Rasmussen Reports September 9–10, 2014 750 ± 4% 60% 28% 6% 7%
CBS News/New York Times August 18–September 2, 2014 655 ± 6% 62% 27% 0% 10%
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 1,087 ± 3% 58% 22% 15% 5%

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Who Is Brian Schatz, the New U.S. Senator From Hawaii? - David A. Graham - The Atlantic". Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  3. ^ Manu Raju and John Bresnahan (April 12, 2011). "Sen. Daniel Inouye goes silent on big Hawaiian race". Politico. 
  4. ^ Hamilton, Chris. "The Maui News — Inouye has more he wants to do for (Hawaii Senator emphasizes need for Democrats to remain in control)". The Maui News. The Maui News. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mizutani, Ron (April 26, 2010). "Sen. Akaka: "God willing, I Plan to Run Again in 2012"". KHON2. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dies at age 88". Washington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "CNN: Inouye gave preference for successor before he died". CNN.com. December 18, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate | Hawaii Reporter
  9. ^ Rousseau, Morgan (March 13, 2014). "'At Fenway' crooner Brian Evans running for Hawaii's U.S. Senate". Metro. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to challenge Sen. Brian Schatz in 2014 primary". Hawaii News Now. April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Former Congressman Ed Case Joins Growing List of Democrats Applying for Inouye’s U.S. Senate Seat | Hawaii Reporter
  12. ^ a b Jennifer Bendery (March 31, 2014). "Obama Endorses Brian Schatz In Hawaii's Heated Senate Democratic Primary". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ Chad Blair (December 3, 2013). "Bloomberg to Headline Schatz Reception in Honolulu". Civil Beat. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ Terkel, Amanda (July 21, 2013). "Al Gore Endorses Brian Schatz In Hawaii Democratic Senate Primary". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/08/1222050/-HI-Sen-Tom-Harkin-D-IA-We- need-Brian-Schatz-D-in-the-U-S-Senate
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  23. ^ Fox, Chloe (December 9, 2013). "George Takei Endorses Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
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  25. ^ Blair, Chad (August 11, 2014). "Hawaii Elections Office Announces Plan for Puna Voting on Friday". Honolulu Civil Beat (Peer News). Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
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  27. ^ Grube, Nick (August 10, 2014). "Will Hanabusa’s Push in Puna Be Enough?". Honolulu Civil Beat (Peer News). Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Puna voters give edge to Schatz in close race with Hanabusa". Hawaii News Now. August 11, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Does Schatz have edge with remaining Hawaii voters?". Roll Call. August 11, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
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  31. ^ "Hanabusa Won’t Challenge US Senate Election Results". Honolulu Civil Beat (Peer News). August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
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