By Derrick DePledge
State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim's campaign released internal polling results on Tuesday that show Kim with a significant lead over her rivals in the Democratic primary for Congress.
Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group conducted the telephone poll from March 24 to March 27 among 404 likely primary voters. The margin of error was 5 percentage points.
Here is the horse race:
*Senate President Donna Mercado Kim: 35%
*Rep. K. Mark Takai: 11%
*Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang: 10%
*Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson: 9%
*Sen. Will Espero: 4%
*Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan: 2%
The Hawaii Poll in February found Kim with a lead in the primary, but the survey had Takai closer than Kim's internal poll shows the representative.
Former congressman Charles Djou is the Republican contender in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District, which is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.