United States Senate election in Hawaii, 2010
Veteran Democrat Daniel Inouye will be 86 in 2010 and will have served eight terms in the Senate and compiled a career in Washington spanning over two generations from Hawaii's first years of statehood to the present day. If Inouye were to retire, the seat would still favor the Democrats, who have traditionally dominated the Hawaii delegation; Hawaii last elected a Republican Senator in 1970, and its delegation currently consists entirely of Democrats. However, although Senator John Kerry (D) won the state in 2004, the margin was smaller than in the past. Hawaiians also have elected popular Republican Governor Linda Lingle in two successive elections.
Republican Governor Linda Lingle and Republican US Senate Hawaii Candidate, 2006 Eddie Pirkowski may run for the seat if Inouye retires. Representatives Mazie Hirono and Neil Abercrombie and former Representative Ed Case would all be potential Democratic candidates.
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