Today, the Civil Beat released a poll showing a very close race for Congress in the First District between Mark Takai and Donna Kim, with Takai currently leading by one point among Democratic voters.
In Hawaii, Republicans are allowed to vote in the Democratic Primary, although historically they show up at the polls in much lower numbers than Democrats.
“We are encouraged that Mark’s twenty-year record of standing up for the middle class is resonating with voters, and want to thank everyone who has supported our race so far. In the past few days, two independent polls show that this is really a two-person race between us and Donna Kim,” said Ellen Zeng, Takai’s Campaign Manager.
Today’s Civil Beat poll shows that the race is a statistical dead heat (25% Kim – 20% Takai with a 5.4% margin of error). All other candidates running are sitting at 8% or less.
“These polls show that there is a lot of hard work ahead. More than half of the voters don’t know who we are yet. We are eager to listen and reach out to voters so that we can put Hawaii values to work in Congress to move America forward,” Zeng added.
Takai is endorsed by Vote Vets, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the Hawaii State Teachers Association, National Education Association, Ironworkers Union, International and the Hawaii Ironworkers Union, Local 625, American Postal Workers Union, International, Hawaii American Postal Workers Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, International, United Food & Commercial Workers, and Local 480.