First Asian American President of Senate Contender for Hawaii's House Seat

Hawaii's representative Neil Abercrombie stepped down to run for governor, and there is currently a three way contest to fill his seat until the upcoming general elections in November.  Hawaii's Senate President Ms. Colleen Hanabusa is running for the seat.  She was elected the first woman president of the Senate in 2007, and the first Asian-American woman to lead a state legislative chamber in the United States.  Hawaii's two current US Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka support Hanabusa's candidacy.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was publicly backing Senator Ed Case, Democrat, to fill the seat, including running commercials against the third candidate, Charles Djou.

In the upcoming November elections, Democrats are expected to lose seats and they're taking it seriously enough to heavily campaign for the Hawaii Seat to the tune of $300,000.  Today the DCCC announced they've decided to stop investing any further funds, and "save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November."  Before this announcement, Hanabusa was said to be ranked third place in most polls, possibly because of the splitting of the votes between the two Democratic candidates.  

The support of the two Senators behind Hanabusa, and the DCCC pulling their support for Case, might allow Hanabusa to win the special election, making her the fourth Hawaiian woman in the House, or at the very least achieve her goal of garnering enough support to get elected in the November election.  The all-mail in votes of the special election contest will be tabulated beginning May 19, with results released after 6pm, May 22, 2010 (the date and time by which the ballots must be received in order to be counted).

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