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Hawaii Senate: Inouye 68%, Roco 20%

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye looks like one incumbent without much to worry about this year. He holds a better than three-to-one lead over his only announced Republican opponent in Hawaii’s race for the U.S. Senate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Aloha State finds Inouye, a member of the Senate since 1963, with 68% support. Conservative activist John Roco has 20% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

Given Inouye’s popularity in the state and Hawaii’s strong Democratic tendencies, the longtime incumbent has attracted little serious opposition over the years. He won reelection in 2004 with 75% of the vote.

In a hypothetical matchup earlier this year with Governor Linda Lingle, perhaps the state’s best-known Republican, Inouye captured 65% of the vote to Lingle’s 25%.

Inouye carries both male and female voters by sizable margins. He wins 63% support from voters not affiliated with either of the major parties to Roco’s 15%.

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This survey of 500 Likely Voters in Hawaii was conducted on June 24, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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