In the contests to determine which candidates will vie for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Akaka, Representative Mazie Hirono (132,865 votes, 57.65 percent) defeated opponent Ed Case (94,294 votes, 40.92 percent) for the Democratic nomination, and former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle claimed the Republican nomination with 43,637 votes, or a whopping 91.69 percent.
In a speech at her election night headquarters, Hirono thanked supporters, saying "I am so humbled by the hundreds of people who have worked on this campaign. Even today, we had tons of people knocking on doors, sign holding, and I am so humbled by all this support. It's hard not to get emotional. On behalf of the keiki, kupuna and families in Hawaii who are keeping things together, I am honored to be your nominee to the US Senate."
After the results from the second printout were released at around 9:00 p.m., Ed Case told supporters at his campaign headquarters that he had conceded the race to Hirono, who will face-off against Lingle during November's primary election.
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