Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) appears to be cruising to victory in the open-seat Senate race in Hawaii, but she's nonetheless getting a final boost from President Barack Obama.
A new radio ad released over the weekend by the Hirono campaign features Obama expressing support for the Congresswoman, highlighting her connection to his family.
"Years ago, Mazie worked with my late grandmother. So Mazie isn’t just a reliable partner of mine in Washington; she is part of my ohana at home in Hawaii," Obama said. "Now, I need Mazie’s cooperative style and commitment to middle-class families in the U.S. Senate."
Obama, who was born in Hawaii, remains very popular in the state. It is one of the few places where a Democratic Senate candidate would want a vocal endorsement from the president.
"I'm very pleased and humbled President Obama is speaking directly to the people of Hawaii on my behalf. Like so many of us in Hawaii, I am inspired to be part of President Obama's ohana," Hirono said. Ohana is a Hawaiian term generally meaning "extended family."
A Hawaii poll conducted at the end of October found Hirono leading former GOP Gov. Linda Lingle by 22 points. Roll Call rates the race as Likely Democratic.