Skip to comments.Lingle draws crowd to grand opening of Hilo headquarters
Posted on 06/01/2012 4:29:27 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
There arent many Republicans in the Democratic stronghold known as Hilo, but almost 200 came out Tuesday for the headquarters grand opening and birthday bash for former Gov. Linda Lingle, the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka.
East Hawaii has about 1,800 or 1,900 registered Republicans, compared to West Hawaiis 3,000 or so, said Hawaii County Republican Party Chairman Daryl Smith. He said thats twice as many as four years ago.
The soon-to-be vacated Senate seat is important to mainland Republicans, who need just four new GOP senators to gain a majority in the upper house. Consequently, Lingle is getting a lot of support from such groups as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in her run for the seat. Lingle will likely face former U.S. Rep. Ed Case or U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, depending which one wins the Aug. 11 Democratic primary.
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Here are some facts about Hawaii. Obama won over 70% of the vote there in 2008. The Hawaii state legislature has 76 members and only 9 of them are Republicans. The only Republican who has won statewide elections in the past 42 years is Linda Lingle, the two-term former Governor running for the U.S. Senate. She’s our only chance at winning here. If a Democrat wins this race, he or she will be there for life.
She's fairly well-liked in Hawaii. It would be great if she could pull this off.
Maybe if she won we could get to see Obama’s Birth Certificate.
She was Governor from 2002-2010. She had ample opportunity to show it. She chose not to.
Hawaii looks to have a higher % of elected Rats than states such as MA, IL and RI.
“Shes our only chance at winning here. If a Democrat wins this race, he or she will be there for life.”
100% correct. Look at the cumulative age of the current US Senators from HI: 738 years.
I’m not optimistic but she has a chance.