Mazie Hirono, beaming in front of supporters and surrounded by family, thanked the people who made her primary victory possible.
“My mother is at home watching — she truly shaped my life and my values,” said Hirono, clearly humbled and emotional by her win. “Mom, I know you are watching!”
Hirono said she was “honored” to be the Democratic Party’s nominee to the U.S. Senate. She also gave a shout-out to Sen. Dan Inouye.
“I can’t wait to join you,” she said.
And, Hirono took a dig at her general election opponent, Linda Lingle, and a party she says does not share “our values” on issues like tax cuts, Social Security and Medicare.
“Tonight I say to Linda Lingle, I say, ‘Let’s go — let’s talk about the issues!”