The Washington Times - July 12, 2012, 02:04PM

A new poll conducted on behalf of Republican Linda Lingle’s Senate campaign showed her in a tight race with the two front-running Democratic candidates.

Ms. Lingle, a former Aloha State governor, is leading Rep. Mazie K. Hirono 45 percent to 40 percent, with 13 percent of respondents saying they’re undecided, according to memo to the Lingle campaign by Republican pollster Jan van Lohuizen, president of Voters Consumer Research.


The survey also shows Democrat Ed Case with a narrow lead over Ms. Lingle, 41 percent to 40 percent, with 15 percent undecided.

The telephone survey of 600 likely voters was taken Sunday through Tuesday. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. The memo didn’t mention other Republicans on the August GOP primary ballot for the open Senate seat, though Ms. Lingle is widely considered the party’s front-runner.

In the Democratic primary, the survey showed Mrs. Hirono with a 41 percent to 40 percent advantage over Mr. Chase. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.

Independent polling in the past year for the most part has shown Mrs. Hirono with significant leads over Ms. Lingle.