October 4th, 2012

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s campaign on Thursday released the results of a new internal poll that shows the Hawaii Democrat with a double-digit lead over former Gov. Linda Lingle, the Republican, for U.S. Senate.

The poll, by the Benenson Strategy Group of Washington, D.C., has Hirono at 54 percent and Lingle at 37 percent, a 17-point gap. Nine percent were undecided.

The telephone survey was taken among 600 likely voters from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.

*Update: The Cook Political Report on Thursday moved the race from “toss up” to “lean Democrat.”

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