By CALEB JONES
HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is largely seen as a shoo-in for keeping his seat as voters go to the polls to decide between the incumbent and Republican candidate John Carroll in Hawaii.
The win Tuesday would give Schatz, a Democrat, his first full term in the U.S. Senate. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, and then won a special election two years ago.
While in Washington, Schatz has introduced legislation on reducing fossil fuels use. Hawaii leads the nation in its initiatives to become completely energy independent by 2045.
Carroll, a longtime island resident, served as a Hawaii lawmaker five times, four in the House and once as a state senator.
He is an Army veteran of the Korean War, was an Air Force fighter pilot and has practiced law in both the public and private sectors.