The Washington Times - January 26, 2012, 06:25PM
Hawaii Republican Linda Lingle has amassed $1.7 million in her bid for the Senate, nearly three times the amount raised by her closest Democrat competitor, Rep. Mazie Hirono.

Mrs. Lingle raised the $1.7 million in less than three months, with her campaign reporting that 44 percent of the donations came from in-state contributors. The Hirono camp raised $624,000 during the same period, for a total of about $1.5 million over six months.

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“In these difficult economic times, I am honored and humbled to have so many local donors and such a significant amount of contributions from voters across the state,” Mrs. Lingle said in a statement.

A former two-term governor, Mrs. Lingle is the rare Republican who has shown she can compete in Democrat-dominated Hawaii. She said earlier that she expects to raise a record $8 million to $10 million for her bid for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Akaka.

Mrs. Hirono is vying for the Democratic nomination against Rep. Ed Case, who has not yet released his fundraising report. Mrs. Lingle is competing against former state legislator John Carroll in the Republican primary.