WASHINGTON (8/14/12)--Credit union-backed Democratic primary candidate and current U.S. House member Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) won her party's Senate nomination over the weekend, and will face former Governor Linda Lingle (R) this November in a race to replace retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).
Hirono, who was supported by the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) and the Hawaii Credit Union League, defeated former Rep. Ed Case (D) by winning 58% of the vote.
CUNA Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said Hirono is a strong credit union backer who "has signaled her support publicly on just about every issue facing credit unions during her time in Congress, including the member business lending cap, debit interchange fee changes and supplemental capital."
Hawaii National Guard Commander Tulsi Gabbard will be the Democratic nominee in this fall's contest to replace Hirono in the U.S. House. Gabbard will face Kawika Crowley this November.
Hirono and Gabbard are expected to win their contests in what has long been a "blue" state, although Republicans are hopeful that Lingle's candidacy will make the Senate seat more competitive.
Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin primaries are being held today, and CULAC and credit unions are backing several Senate primary candidates, including incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and current House members Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
House nominations will also be contested in today's elections.