Ed Case drops out.
From The Fix:
Former Hawaii Rep. Ed Case (D) announced Sunday night that he will not be a candidate for the 1st district seat he had run for in a special election earlier this month.
“My heart tells me to stay in this fight,” Case wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “But my head says this has become the wrong fight.” He added that “the question is not whether but when, where and how I can best continue to serve, and I know that path will emerge in its own time.”
Rep. Charles Djou (R) won the May 22 special election for the seat of former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) who resigned to focus on running for governor full time. State Sen. Colleen Hanabusa’s (D) took 31 percent while Case finished third with 28 percent. All three candidates appeared on the same ballot due to Hawaii special election law.
Case’s announcement clears the way for Hanabusa be the party’s nominee against Djou. In the special election she had the support of Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka as well as much of the Hawaii political establishment. Case had burned bridges to that crowd following his 2006 primary challenge to Akaka.
In a statement, Hanabusa called Case’s decision a “most magnanimous gesture.”