Deadlocked Hawaii race might force votes amid devastation
Would that mean the senator actually campaigning on the Big Island?
"We'll find out how it's going to work. But I'm sure that we are going to be there," Hanabusa told CNN affiliate KITV.
the people who are still in recovery may not be even able to watch returns or think about an election because they're thinking about how they're going to survive."
He did not say whether he would go to campaign in affected portions of the Big Island. Instead, he offered sympathies.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports two Schatz supporters have stressed the need for voter outreach. The paper notes that campaign co chairman Roland Casamina said, "We really have to go and contact the people we know on that island," via phone. Former Hawaii Gov. John Waihee stressed the need for Schatz to go to the island for "on the ground" outreach.
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Victory will likely come from one damaged district. Storm damage prompted Hawaii election officials to close two polling places in the Puna district on Hawaii's Big Island from Saturday voting. The affected stations were the Hawaiian Paradise Community Center and the Keonepoko Elementary School.
Yet that task awaits the two candidates in Hawaii's Democratic Senate primary as their race lies deadlocked and the majority of the votes they'll need to win lie in an area hit hard by a weekend storm. Sen. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa are Air Max 90 Running Shoes Review left to consider what to do next after their contest remained too close to call after Saturday's primary. With 99% of the vote in, Schatz leads Hanabusa a margin of less than 1%.
When asked about the emphasis on direct voter outreach urged by Schatz's supporters Smith said, "His supporters were of course saying, you know, when it comes down to a small area, that yeah, it comes down to handshakes, it comes down to personal contact, it comes down to conversations with your neighbors and Air Max 90 Ultra Breathe All Black
Some 8,000 voters were affected. Though some of them voted early, others did not. The exact numbers are unclear. Yet Hawaii election officials have said ballots would be sent to those who did not vote early and could not vote Saturday. Officials say those voters will have an unspecified number of days to return their votes.
One central question hovers over the race: With such a razor thin margin between them, upping the need for every vote, will the candidates go to the affected areas to campaign?
Noting the power outages, downed trees, urgent water shortages and overall need for support, Schatz said, "This is a humanitarian situation right now."
During a late night speech to supporters, Schatz joked about his nervous energy "in case this election comes down to 11 votes or something like that."
that's what our campaign has been about from day one."
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"It's not over. And it's not going to be over."
"It is probable that the senator is going to go there," Schatz campaign Communications Director Meaghan Smith told CNN. "We are going to make it a priority to talk to people. We want to make sure that everyone's voice is heard that wants to vote."
Her opponent was not as direct.
"I think we all need to remember what's happening on the Big Island. And not in an electoral sense," Schatz said.
clear that the first priority is helping people in a humanitarian way."
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