HONOLULU (AP) - Former Gov. Linda Lingle is beginning her campaign to try to win Hawaii's open seat in the U.S. Senate, vowing to travel all over the state in the coming months.
Lingle announced Tuesday that she's entering the race to replace Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka, who is retiring, giving Republicans hope of capturing the seat.
She said she wants to meet with residents, citizen groups, businesses and county leaders during the campaign.
She faces lawyer and former state lawmaker John Carroll in the Republican primary.
If she wins, she faces a possible rematch with congresswoman Mazie Hirono, whom she defeated to win the governor's race in 2002.
Hirono and former Rep. Ed Case are fighting each other for the Democratic nomination.