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Obama Endorses Sen. Schatz Over Challenger Hanabusa In Hawaii

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The endorsement will be a boost to Schatz, who has already won major endorsements on the left from the likes of Al Gore and Howard Dean among others. Schatz was appointed to finish out the end of Inouye's Senate term by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) in 2012.

Schatz was an early supporter of Obama's first presidential run in 2008. Hanabusa supported Hillary Clinton. Inouye's dying wish was that Abercrombie appoint Hanabusa to his Senate seat.

The Hawaii primary is on August 9.

Obama's plan to endorse Schatz was first reported by The Huffington Post.

This post was updated.