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  •  Is there any GOP bench in Hawaii? (0+ / 0-)

    Lingle is pretty much finished after getting destroyed by Hirono and Djou was a fluke winner who has lost two straight regular elections. Other then them, I don't anyone of any note for the GOP in Hawaii?

    •  Duke Aiona is one more. (1+ / 0-)
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      22, D, CA-12 (old CA-08).

      by kurykh on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:43:33 PM PST

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    •  Ed Case! (0+ / 0-)

      He claims to be a Democrat, but he's really a republican. With Hawaii's open primary system, I almost certain republican voters will help him win a democratic primary.

      I've even wondered if this appointment by Abercrombie was also an attempt to sideline Case. Abercrombie just pushed to the top, one of best back bench candidates for the future. At the same time he avoided a special election that could have resulted in Case somehow squeaking his way into the congressional seat. Needless to say, I don't like Ed Case much. But you can also be sure that we haven't heard the last from Ed Case. He ran for the Senate before and you can bet he'll be trying to unseat Schatz in 2014.

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 10:18:42 PM PST

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      •  why would Case win a primary (0+ / 0-)

        given that he's lost all of the ones he's ran in up until now?

        Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

        by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:47:50 AM PST

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        •  We have open primaries.. (0+ / 0-)

          in Hawaii. All it takes is for enough republicans to cross over and pick up a Democratic ballot for the primary.

          Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

          by reflectionsv37 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 01:02:50 PM PST

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          •  that didn't answer my question (0+ / 0-)

            at all.

            Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

            by sapelcovits on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:05:39 PM PST

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            •  Sorry you don't seem to understand (0+ / 0-)

              First, Ed Case represented Hawaii in the House of Representatives before he resigned in a failed attempt to win the Senate seat from Daniel Akaka. So your claim that Case has lost every primary is incorrect.

              The republican party has very little chance of winning any national seat in Hawaii due to it being a very blue state. Ed Case has a good deal of support from moderate Democrats in the state, but not enough support to win against a more liberal Democrat. If republicans cross over and vote for Case in the primary, it might well be enough for him to win the primary. Although I was not a resident of Hawaii when Case was elected, I suspect that is how he originally won his congressional seat.

              Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

              by reflectionsv37 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:44:30 PM PST

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              •  well, it might be technically incorrect (0+ / 0-)

                but Case was first elected in an open election, which didn't involve winning a primary. all candidates ran together, Dems and Repubs. that's not the same thing as a primary.

                meanwhile, primaries he's lost: HI-Gov 2002, HI-Sen 2006, HI-Sen 2010. the margin he lost by increased successively in each of those. and he even placed 3rd in another open election (HI-01 2010) behind another Democrat.

                Your apology is accepted :)

                Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

                by sapelcovits on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 04:54:07 AM PST

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