By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz's campaign released internal polling on Tuesday that showed Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa tied in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
The poll was taken by The Mellman Group, a Washington, D.C. firm, among 600 likely primary voters statewide. The survey was conducted through live telephone interviews from June 26 to June 30. Twenty percent of the interviews were with voters with cell phones. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.
The horse race:
The Mellman Group also found that among voters who said they know both Schatz and Hanabusa, Schatz leads 47 percent to 34 percent.
The Hanabusa campaign had released internal polling earlier this year that showed her with a double-digit lead over Schatz.
Civil Beat, the online news site, posted poll results on Monday that had Schatz with a slight lead.
EMILY's List, which has endorsed Hanabusa, also has a poll on the primary that puts Hanabusa up over Schatz by 11 percentage points.
The automated poll was conducted by Clarity Campaigns on June 10 and June 11 among 771 likely primary voters. Twenty percent of voters were on cell phones. The margin of error was 3.53 percentage points.