08/11/2014 03:39 pm ET Updated Aug 11, 2014

Will Hanabusa's Push In Puna Be Enough?

PF Bentley/Civil Beat

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz embraced U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Saturday night and told her he was replaying the events of a colleague’s life.

“I feel like Al Franken,” he said.

Franken is Minnesota’s junior senator, who in 2008 was locked in a tight race with Republican Norm Coleman. They were separated by only a handful of votes, and it took nearly nine months and a lawsuit to settle who won.

Schatz finds himself in a similarly close race.

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