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Linda Lingle Announces Hawaii Senate Run

Linda Lingle Announces Hawaii Senate Run


Former Republican Governor Linda Lingle is announcing her intention to run for the party nomination for an open senate seat in the state of Hawaii, but despite being the best candidate that the GOP could hope for, her odds of winning are slim at best.

Hawaii, already a Democratic-leaning state, is expected to get an even bigger boost in turnout in 2012 as the home state of President Barack Obama.

Although the Democratic pool is still in flux, many point to Congresswoman Mazie Hirono as a front runner, making the 2012 race a potential rematch of the gubernatorial race that Lingle eventually won.  As Hirono supporters point out, however, that race occurred back in 2002, and without the long coattails that an Obama reelection year offers.

Lingle is expected to bring in huge funds, both through her own extensive network and with the support of Republican groups anxious to create another battle ground for Democrats to defend.   But Democrats have the popularity of Obama in the state and the close relationship Lingle had with former Governor Sarah Palin to their advantage.

Should the match up become Lingle versus Hirono, it will at the very least be historic.  Hawaii has never elected a female senator.


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8:54PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

from everything I've read here we don't have to worry about Hawaii going red...I love Hawaii

5:17PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Mahalo, Gina P., for my green star; it is my first (I'm usually a lurker).

Bryan S. "Sounds like the only positive attribute about her is that she is a woman."

LOL, I'm not so sure about that. In the right photo, she looks like Matthew Modine in drag, which insults awesome drag queens around the world. And Matthew Modine.


4:10PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Sounds like the only positive attribute about her is that she is a woman.

9:37PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

I had really hoped Hawaii was done with her. Maybe she will lose. She didn't give the state anything of value from her term of office.

9:45PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Here in Hawai'i, we can't stand her. She did NOTHING for this state. The only reason some may think she was successful is that she stayed out of the newspaper. Out of sight, out of criticism. We were all hoping she'd move out of the state. Anybody want her?

2:38PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

From a long time insider, here is all you need to know about any Republican candidate and the Republicans in general, as they are all essentially the same:

11:32AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Just what we need. Another right wing woman in office. Sell your gender out much, Linda?

7:21AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Never heard of her.

6:32AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

I suspect that Lingle will not do well. She was a pretty good mayor of Maui, but she did not do well as governor. What's the old Peter Principle? It seems she reached her level of incompetence as governor.

12:05PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Somehow I don't think Hawaii will join the ranks of the Republicans on this.

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