Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii election officials are scrambling to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which will go ahead Saturday despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm Iselle.

Attorney General David Louie says the state does not anticipate problems, but some polling stations could be consolidated if needed. Some designated polling stations on the Big Island are being used as emergency shelters.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie faces a strong challenge from another Democrat, state Sen. David Ige. Abercrombie's leadership on the storm could provide a boost after a recent poll showed Ige ahead.

The U.S. Senate race is expected to be close. Incumbent Brian Schatz faces a challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Both are Democrats.

Hawaii residents are also voting in a seven-way congressional race and for legislative seats.

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