The Fix, the Washington Post's politics blog, on Saturday released its list of top 10 primaries nationally and both the Hawaii governor's race and U.S. Senate contest made the cut.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie's unexpectedly difficult Democratic primary against state Sen. David Ige was No. 8:
Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is a familiar name to folks in D.C., having represented the Aloha State in Congress. Now he's an unpopular governor facing a tough reelection bid -- both in the primary and the general election. A recent poll, in fact, showed state Sen. David Ige with a double-digit lead over Abercrombie in the primary, 48 percent to 37 percent. Polling in Hawaii is notoriously difficult, but it's clear Abercrombie's in trouble. The good news for him: He's outraising Ige more than 10-to-1.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz up against U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for Senate was No. 3:
This is the most contentious and personal Democratic primary of 2014. A year and a half after Abercrombie appointed Brian Schatz to the Senate over the deathbed wishes of longtime Sen. Daniel Inouye, the deeply personal element of this contest remains the dominant theme. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is running as the natural successor to Inouye, her mentor. Schatz is arguing he has used his year and a half in the Senate to build relationships with party leaders and get results for Hawaii. The question of seniority, raised by Abercrombie, also looms large. Schatz is 41, while Hanabusa is 63. For his part, Schatz says age should not be an issue. Schatz has been the better fundraiser and also has the support of President Obama -- huge in the state where the president grew up -- and remains very popular. In their first statewide television debate this week, Hanabusa was quite critical of Schatz. Underdogs tend to take more aggressive postures in debates.