HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With 5 days to go before the primary election, our Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser Hawaii poll shows a dead heat between Shan Tsutsui and Clayton Hee in the Lieutenant Governor's race.
Only two points separate the leading Democrats. Tsutsui is up slightly on Hee, 36 to 34.
Hee had this reaction to the results, "This poll is a statistical dead heat so clearly the momentum is a good thing from our campaign and internally we have good numbers."
Tsutsui was unavailable for an interview, but said in a statement, "I am humbled by the support I've received from the people of Hawaii who have helped make this campaign successful."
David Ige expressed interest in the LG poll when we interviewed him about the Governor's race.
When we told Ige the numbers, "Shan Tsutsui 36 percent, Clayton Hee 34" he responded, "Wow so it's a dead heat. With a week to go."
Hawaii News Now Political Analyst Colin Moore said this about the results, "Clayton Hee is such a well known name. Shan Tsutsui is not well known. The fact that it's close is good news for Tsutsui."
22 percent polled had never heard of the incumbent Tsutsui.
Only 10 percent didn't know Hee. 28 percent had unfavorable opinions of the outspoken Senator Hee, while 45 percent view him favorably.
The split for Tsutsui is 40 favorable/16 unfavorable.
The key to the Democrats' primary battle may be the undecided.
21-percent polled have not made up their mind.
Hee says voters deserve a debate, but Tsutsui refuses. In Hee's words, "If you're unwilling to debate, people don't know who you are and I don't think that serves the public interest."
Tsutsui said he will be reaching out personally to supporters, adding "With such a large number of undecided voters, we still have a long way to go and I encourage everyone to get out to vote."
Hawaii Poll Tables: Click for a breakdown of the Lieutenant Governor numbers: