New MA PollWatch Page, New HI Senator
Very slow in the polling world right now, but I did take some time to set up a new page to watch the polling for the expected special election in Massachusetts once John Kerry is confirmed as the new Secretary of State. Only a couple of polls so far, but with many polling organizations located in the northeast, I expected a flurry of polls once the candidates start becoming more known. You can click the Massachusetts tab up above.
We have the newest US Senator from Hawaii and it turns out to be 40-year old Brian Schatz, who is currently Hawaii Lieutenant Governor. Seeing that he is only 40, he has the potential of being there for quite a while like his predecessor. In fact, his hardest test may be in a Democratic primary when he runs for the seat as I am sure there are plenty of Democrats who were just waiting for Inouye to leave the US Senate. To see how he has fared in the past, I looked up Schatz’s electoral record. In 2010, Schatz ran and won the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor in Hawaii, but only took 34.8% of the statewide Democratic vote.
2010 ELECTION RESULTS – HAWAII LT GOV
Brian Schatz 34.8%
Robert Bunda 19.2%
Norman Sakamoto 18.5%
Gary L. Hooser 9.5%
Lyla B. Berg 8.4%
Jon Riki Karamatsu 2.8%
Steve Hirakami 1.1%
In 2006, he actually lost a bid for the US Congress for the second congressional district and only received 7% of the Democratic vote. Ironically, he was behind the same woman who he was picked over for the US Senate, current Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who finished in second place that year in that particular race. Sometimes losing works out better in the end….
It will probably be slow until the New Year around here, but I will chime in if something strikes me as interesting….