A new poll has Republican senate candidate Linda Lingle leading Democrat Rep. Mazie Hirono in the Senate race in Obama’s home state of Hawaii, A loss in the blue state of Hawaii would be a crucial upset for Democrats.
Hawaii, traditionally a safe haven for Democrats, has joined Connecticut and Wisconsin as potential upsets for Democrats who are trying to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Republicans need four seats to win back control of the senate, as the House of Representatives it would appear, will remain under Republican leadership.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama is in a tight race with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for the White House.
Lingle now leads Hirono 47 % to 41% in the contest to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka.
The Chamber released the Hawaii numbers as well as public-opinion polls for Senate races in Montana and Virginia. Like Hawaii, Those states show the Republican candidates outpacing their Democratic opponents.
In Montana, the Chamber survey shows Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg leading Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, 49% to 42% in Montana while the Virginia poll has Republican former Sen. George Allen leading Democrat Tim Kaine by five points. Kaine is the former governor of Virginia and Democratic National Committee chairman.
Other polls in Virginia show varied results, with a majority favoring Mr. Kaine. Mr. Rehberg holds a narrow lead in most of the earlier surveys of the Montana race but both elections are close.
Meanwhile, the new poll in Hawaii is good news for the GOP because winning Hawaii would be an unexpected loss for the Democrats.
Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s national political director Ms. Lingle is a “strong candidate with a uniquely bipartisan appeal “ which is helping her in a state that most analysts expect Mr. Obama to win handily.
“Linda Lingle may well be the best candidate in the nation this year,” he said.