March 2, 2011

THERE ARE NO SAFE SEATS:

Akaka Won't Seek Re-Election (Sean Sullivan, March 2, 2011, Hotline)

On the Republican side, former Gov. Linda Lingle would be the obvious frontrunner if she enters the race. In November, Lingle said she would take six months before deciding whether she would run, but Akaka's decision to step aside only makes it more likely that she will enter the race.

Democrats have a 34 point registration advantage in Hawaii, and with President Obama -- who is viewed very positively in the state he grew up in -- on the top of the ballot in 2012, the party appears to be in good position to hold on to the seat. If Lingle should enter the race, her high name identification across the state and ability to fundraise could cause some concern for Democrats as they seek to hold on to the seat. Still, it will be very tough for Lingle -- or any Republican -- to pickup the seat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2011 8:41 PM
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