HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rep. Mazie Hirono has a early lead in the race for U.S. Senate when it comes to fundraising.
Hirono raised $281,000 between April and June and had $545,000 cash on hand. Former Congressman Ed Case raised $241,000 between April and June, with $210,000 cash on hand.
Friday was the deadline for Case and Hirono to submit their fundraising totals to the Federal Election Commission.
The two Democrats are running against each other in next year's election to succeed U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, who is retiring.
Hirono says close to 200 new donors joined her campaign during the past few weeks. Case says he is right where he wants to be, "We're going to run our campaign. I met my goals for the quarter."
Hirono replied by saying " I am so proud and humbled by this strong outpouring of grassroots support. We know this campaign won't be easy, so we're going to keep building a strong grassroots organization throughout Hawaii."
Case Friday also called out Hirono to a debate, saying the public should be able to hear from the candidates now, and not a few months before the election.
So far only Case and Hirono have declared their candidacy. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says she'll decide next month whether she'll run. Former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle has said she will decide by August whether to run for Senate.