Inouye's legacy hovers over Hawaii US Senate race

Inouye's legacy hovers over Hawaii US Senate race

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The legacy of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye is hovering over the battle between the two Hawaii Democrats who want to finish his Senate term.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep Colleen Hanabusa are locked in a tight primary race.

Hanabusa evokes Inouye's name on the campaign trial and says he wanted her to replace him. She says it's the voters' first chance to decide who should replace the beloved politician.

Schatz was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. He touts his endorsement by President Barack Obama.

Inouye was known for his ability to steer federal dollars to Hawaii. Both candidates say they can to do the same.

Hawaii's primary election is Saturday. Whoever prevails in the Democratic primary is expected to win the general election.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.