The League of Conservation Voters on Thursday endorsed U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate.
Hirono is running against former congressman Ed Case in the Democratic primary to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, who is retiring. Former Gov. Linda Lingle is the leading Republican.
“The League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate because she has fought to protect the rich natural beauty of Hawaii and build a vibrant clean energy economy,” Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement. “Representative Hirono understands that investments in a clean energy future are investments in well-paying, stable jobs for Hawaiians for generations to come.”
The national environmental group also released the results of a poll it sponsored showing Hirono up over Lingle 50 percent to 41 percent in a hypothetical general election match-up. Nine percent were undecided.
The automated telephone survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina firm, among 600 voters on May 16 and May 17.