Lingle raises $1.7 million for U.S. Senate race

Former Governor Linda Lingle
Former Governor Linda Lingle
Hawaii Pacific University professor and political analyst John Hart
Hawaii Pacific University professor and political analyst John Hart

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle stumped for votes at a luncheon meeting Wednesday, fresh off the filing of her fund raising report with the Federal Election Commission.

"I felt very humbled to be able to raise so much in my very first quarter," she said.

In 82 days, the Republican front runner for the seat being vacated by Daniel Akaka raised $1,767,310 - 44 percent from Hawaii supporters, 56 percent from individuals on the mainland, political action committees and partnerships.

Hawaii Pacific University professor and political analyst John Hart said that's advantageous.

"I think there's no question that the Democrats will be spending more money in the primary, which means less in the general, which means they will have to go looking for money," he said.

On the Democratic side, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono raised $624,363, bringing her war chest total to more than $1 million.

Hirono's camp released a statement accusing Lingle of raising "a lot of money from fellow Republicans who are counting on her to support their agenda."

"If I'm elected, I don't work for Barack Obama. I don't work Mitch McConnell and the Republicans," Lingle said. "I work for the people of Hawaii."

Democrat Ed Case said he's on schedule to meet his campaign goal and will submit his fund raising report soon.

Republican John Carroll said his report will show just a few dollars more than the $500 he has on hand.

The cycle counts money raised from October through December.

"In the end, you don't win because you raise more money," Lingle said. "You win because you get more votes than the other candidate."

Lingle predicted it would take $8 million to $10 million to run a solid race for the Senate.

The first check is in the bank.

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