National Journal: Case Drops Hawaii Bid

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By Reid WilsonEx-Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) will abandon his bid for Congress a week after finishing third in a special election that divided Dems and helped the GOP pick up their first special election win in 2 years.

Case made his announcement in an email to supporters Sunday, saying the race has become the “wrong fight” for him. His decision leaves state Senate Pres. Colleen Hanabusa (D) as the only major Dem in the race.

“This past week since Election Day has been a roller coaster. We’ve taken apart the results and analyzed our options every which way,” Case wrote in an email to supporters. “I’ve listened to the heartfelt advice of my family, our incredible campaign ‘ohana and so many others who share our dreams, and asked myself how I can best contribute. If it all lined up it’d be an easy decision, but it doesn’t.”


Case, who represented HI’s other district between ’02 and ’07, ran to the middle in the just-concluded special election. He had quiet support from national Dems, who maintained Hanabusa did not have a path to victory. Hanabusa, who had support from Sens. Daniel Akaka (D), Daniel Inouye (D) and labor groups, ran to the left.

The Dems split the vote, and Honolulu City Councillor Charles Djou (R), the only major GOPer in the race, won with 40%. Hanabusa finished second with 31% and Case, who drew the most fire from GOP-affiliated groups, finished with 28%.

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