Republican hopes of capturing the Senate in November rest on a handful of tossup races in states like Montana, Missouri and Virginia.
Surprisingly, some analysts also are putting Hawaii in the tossup column.
Hawaii is the bluest of blue states; it hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1970. But with the retirement of 22-year incumbent Daniel Akaka, Republicans believe they have a chance.
And regardless of who wins, the state will have its first female senator come January.
In Hawaii, the language of politics is a little different.