With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, Linda Lingle's U.S. Senate campaign has released a memo from its pollster saying the race against Mazie Hirono "is a very close race."
"In our nightly tracking the race is very close, we're down by 3 or 4 points," Jan R. van Lohuizen of Voter / Consumer Research said in the memo dated Wednesday. "This is a significant gain from our track in late September. The Hirono campaign is probably seeing the same trend, since they're now attacking on Medicare."
The numbers are sharply different than a Civil Beat Poll conducted in late September that show the Democrat Hirono with a 16 percentage point lead over the Republican. The Hirono campaign released internal numbers in early October that were very similar with the Civil Beat Poll.
"As we've been saying, our race is a statistical dead-heat," Lenny Klompus, Lingle's deputy campaign manager and communications director, said in a statement. "With 20 days to go, and early walk-in voting beginning Monday, Linda Lingle is perfectly positioned to win this race against Mazie Hirono — just as she's done before."