HONOLULU - U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz are locked in a dead heat in early returns in Hawaii's U.S. Senate primary election.
Hanabusa and Schatz were tied, both holding 48 percent of the vote, separated by just a handful of votes. The first results in the tight race included 166,700 Democratic voters.
The race is about who will replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. It's the first vote for the seat since the beloved political icon died in 2012 and Schatz was appointed as his replacement.
After Inouye died, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie picked Schatz over Hanabusa despite Inouye's wish to the contrary.
Heading into election night, Schatz said he is confident but not overly confident.