HI-01: Case ends campaign

Via James L. at Swing State Project, former Representative Ed Case has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination in Hawaii's first Congressional district. Republican Charles Djou just won a special election in this D+11 district, because Case and Colleen Hanabusa split the Democratic vote. Case had previously indicated that he would run against Hannabusa in the Democratic primary for this district on September 18. Today Case wrote in an e-mail blast,

"We've taken apart the results and analyzed our options every which way," Case wrote in an email to supporters. "If it all lined up it'd be an easy decision, but it doesn't." [...]

"My heart tells me to stay in this fight, but my head says this has become the wrong fight. So today I'm withdrawing my candidacy for the U. S. House of Representatives from Hawaii's great first district," he wrote.

Most local politicians and several labor unions have endorsed Hanabusa, who is now unlikely to face serious competition in the primary. Case had the covert backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the White House, yet still won fewer votes than Hannabusa in the special election. I doubt another Democrat would see an opportunity to beat her on September 18. I also consider Hanabusa the favorite in November given the partisan lean of this district, but Djou is trying to position himself as a moderate. Last Thursday, Djou was one of only five House Republicans to vote in favor of a Defense Authorization bill amendment that is a step toward repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On Friday, Djou was one of nine House Republicans to vote for the Defense Authorization bill.

UPDATE: What Swing State said: "The @DCCC needs to add Colleen Hanabusa to Red to Blue immediately. HI-01 is one of our best pickup opportunities."

Tags: 2010 elections, Congress, House, HI-01, Ed Case, Colleen Hannabusa, Charles Djou (all tags)

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