(CNN) – Trouble in paradise?
Currently churning in Hawaii: weather woes, potentially two historic political blows and duels between Democrats - one of which pits President Obama's wish against a senator's deathbed request.
As Hurricanes Iselle and Julio threatened to strike Hawaii with its first hurricane in 22 years – ultimately proving only to be a menace - political watchers eyed a storm of a different sort. Might Hawaii's incumbent governor and senator make history by losing in a primary for the first time in state history?
On Saturday, voters in Hawaii set out to decide their fates and that of their opponents.
In the Senate race, Sen. Brian Schatz is running to keep his seat against Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. In 2012, Schatz was appointed to finish the term of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye. President Obama, in a rare move, has chosen sides in a Democratic primary, supporting Schatz's bid earlier this year. But the president's decision is at odds with the dying wish of the senator who Schatz succeeded.
Days before his death in 2012, Inouye made clear he wanted Hanabusa to succeed him. Gov. Neil Abercrombie defied that request, instead appointing Schatz, then the lieutenant governor.
Recent polls have shown a close race between Schatz and Hanabusa. Hanabusa has the support of Inouye's family and former Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii.
The race is a special election to fill the remainder of Inouye's term through 2016.
Meanwhile, in the governor's race, Gov. Abercrombie is in danger of losing his party's primary amid a tough challenge from state Sen. David Ige.
Though polls in Hawaii often differ from election results, recent surveys show Ige with double-digit leads over the governor. A recent Hawaii News Now/Star Advertiser Hawaii Poll showed Ige leading Abercrombie by 18-points.
On the campaign trail, Abercrombie has touted his stewardship of Hawaii's strong economy, his record for creating jobs and his advancement of clean energy goals. In a campaign ad, the governor prominently features President Obama, who supports the governor's re-election.
Yet for Ige, Hawaii is at a crossroads, in need of a strengthened and expanded state economy. Among the candidate's other political goals: provide more affordable housing and create better schools.
In an ad titled, "Trust," Ige outlined for voters, "a choice between the same politicians who put special interests ahead of you, or someone you can trust."
Ironically, the recent storm may help Abercrombie, giving him the opportunity to show leadership.
Hawaii has long rewarded political incumbents. Since its statehood, no governor has ever lost in a primary in Hawaii. Additionally, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser notes "no incumbent U.S. senator – appointed or elected – has lost an election."
Turnout – especially amid some storm damage – could be unpredictable in Saturday's primaries and will be key.
–CNN's Ashley Killough contributed.