- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa took a slight lead over incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in early returns in Hawaii’s U.S. Senate primary election

Hanabusa captured 49.4 percent of the vote, compared with incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’s 47.2 percent, in early returns. The first results in the tight race included 104,000 voters, representing two-thirds of the absentee ballots that were cast in the past two weeks.

The race is about who will replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. It’s the first vote for the seat since the beloved political icon died in 2012 and Schatz was appointed as his replacement.

After Inouye died, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie picked Schatz over Hanabusa despite Inouye’s wish to the contrary.

Heading into election night, Schatz said he is confident but not overly confident.

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