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Case Closed: Ed Takes a Pass on Another Run in Hawaii

The “civil war” among Hawaii Democrats ends later than the party would have liked, but earlier than many expected:

By slipping out of a fight between state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, Hawaii’s Democrats are hoping for a November knockout against Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Djou.

Case stunned supporters and opponents alike yesterday by pulling out of the race for the 1st Congressional District. . . .

In Washington, Djou said that Case’s departure would not change his work in Congress, but he said the political picture is “a little clearer.”

“It helps with the strategic thinking in the campaign,” Djou said, noting that now he knows who he will be running against in the November general election.

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