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Polls show Mazie Hirono with a double-digit lead in her campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in Hawai'i. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is reporting this morning that Mazie raised more than $1.2 million in the last quarter, significantly outpacing her opponent. She's been tirelessly island hopping throughout the state, helping to fire up cohorts of volunteer phone bankers and canvassers. Three key recent endorsements add to the momentum:

Flight attendants:

"Over the years, Mazie Hirono’s support on issues important to flight attendants demonstrates that she is a true ally to our profession and recognizes our role as first responders in our nation’s skies. We applaud her efforts to prevent flight attendant fatigue, by introducing the Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act. Hirono’s efforts to bring workplace safety requirements (OSHA) into the aircraft cabin will help ensure long term benefits for flight attendants and the traveling public as well."
Mazie Hirono has been a strong supporter of universities, faculty and students in the U.S. House of Representatives and is committed to continuing this fight in the U.S Senate. She has been advocate of the federal government’s role in supporting education, particularly higher education.

While many in Congress are attempting to limit the federal government’s support of public higher education, Mazie Hirono believes there is a strong role for the federal government. The federal government, in collaboration with universities, colleges and businesses, can create a strong university system that will enable students to be successful in school and in life. A strong university system is an economic engine for our state as it can attract the best and the brightest and create good paying jobs, she said.

If she wins this election, Hirono will be the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. As someone with a long history of advocating for her constituents and the nursing profession, Hirono would continue to fight for access to quality, affordable health care in the Senate.
With this broad coalition of support, Mazie has about a 90% chance of prevailing, according to Nate Silver. And she is off to a good start, with the first reported votes in the race being cast yesterday in her favor. So, Mazie is winning, literally. But Karl Rove, Foster Friess, and the Koch Bros. are still allied against her. So she could use some help over the next 23 days to finish strong. Just drop by her website to get the scoops:

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