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Posted: Saturday, August 16th, 2014 7:36 AM HST

Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

By Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) Incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz has defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii.

Schatz won Friday night after a makeup election for more than 8,000 voters in two remote precincts that were clobbered by a tropical storm.

The race divided Hawaii's political establishment over who would fill the term of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Inouye had asked Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to appoint Hanabusa to succeed him in the Senate. But Abercrombie appointed Schatz instead.

Schatz was endorsed by President Barack Obama. He outspent Hanabusa by $1 million during the campaign.

Schatz is expected to cruise in the general election in the heavily Democratic state.

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