Hawaii campaigns pick up speed ahead of primary

Hawaii campaigns pick up speed ahead of primary

HONOLULU (AP) - Campaigns in Hawaii are picking up speed with just five weeks to go before primary elections.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa faced off in their first debates, which were held on outer islands.

Democratic hopefuls for governor and contenders from both parties for a seat in the U.S. House also met in forums this week.

Many candidates picked up endorsements.

Schatz gained support from former Gov. John Waihee and Equality Hawaii Action Fund, a nonpartisan political action committee.

Hanabusa received an endorsement from retired Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former ambassador to Afghanistan.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced support from Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, a union with more than 6,000 members, and actor Daniel Dae Kim who stars in Hawaii Five-0.

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