July 2nd, 2012

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s campaign released internal poll numbers on Monday that showed her with a 15-percentage point lead over former congressman Ed Case in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

The poll, by Benenson Strategy Group of Washington, D.C., had Hirono at 53 percent, Case at 38 percent, and 10 percent undecided.

The survey was taken from June 19 through June 21 among 488 likely primary voters statewide. The margin of error was 4.4 percentage points.

Case’s internal poll numbers in May showed a much tighter campaign.

Hirono also announced on Monday that she would agree to a statewide television debate with Case. The pair’s final debate was supposed to be sponsored by Oahu Democrats but had not been scheduled.

6 Responses to “15”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    Wow, I guess even Mazie can find some courage in a poll showing a lead of 15%.

  2. galekaminari:

    Ohia, while you may have a point, it could also be because Mazie demolished Ed in the last debate, which was hosted by PBS. Ed could barely speak. He even bleated at one point–when rhetorically asking that he “was supposed to follow a minority delegation?” The minority delegation that he was dismissing was the Hawaii Delegation, and yes, he should have followed them in voting against the Iraq War because they happened to be extremely well-informed on the Senate side, about the lack of weapons of mass destruction.

  3. Manoa_Fisherman:

    The race seems to much tighter than 15%. I think that Hirono’s move to face Case in a “debate” is more indicative of her concern that the race is much closer and may be act of desperation on her part.

  4. Kolea:

    I think Gale has the right answer. I have long held that Ed is his own worse enemy. The more people get a chance to see him in action, especially under the “pressure” of give and take, the less they will like him. He has an IMAGE of being intelligent and “independent.” But in reality, he is pretty thin-skinned, irritable and irritating. He is very quick to personally disparage his opponents and WHINE about how unfairly he is treated.

    But when Ed is seen by folks insulting Akaka (or Mazie) before their eyes and his rote evasive “answers” about why he was so uncritical in supporting Bush’s war against Iraq (or the Bush tax cuts), the glow from his image fades. He is NOT as smart as he thinks he is. And his “independence” is often just warmed-over Republican talking points, which do not sound good to Democratic primary voters. (GOP crossover voters excepted).

    Intentionally or not, I think Ed’s constant whining about the importance of debates has created an expectation that he outshine Mazie in any such debate. But as Mazie has delivered competent performances and Ed’s irritability and arrogance has been witnessed with each event, it is fully in Mazie’s interest to have one last high-profile debate to finalize Ed’s demise.

  5. Goober:

    Well I’ll do anything
    For my sweet fifteen
    Oh I’ll do anything
    For little runaway child

    Well, memories may burn you,
    Memories grow older as people can
    They just get colder
    Like sweet fifteen

  6. Goober:

    “Bunbu Itchi”.
    To use Pen and Sword in accordance.

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