Case wins Democratic House primary in Hawaii

Published 08-12-2018

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HONOLULU (AP) - Former Congressman Ed Case has emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic Party primary to represent Honolulu in Congress.

The 65-year-old fiscal conservative on Saturday defeated five other major candidates including Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who is the architect of Hawaii's legal battle against President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The winner of the Democratic primary is almost guaranteed to win in the general election in Hawaii.

Another contender was 29-year-old Kaniela Ing, a democratic socialist who hoped to follow in the footsteps of colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to score an upset victory.

Case served in Congress from 2002 to 2007, giving him an edge in experience and name recognition.

He'll face Cam Cavasso, a former state representative who previously ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate. Cavasso won the GOP primary Saturday night.

Democrats seeking the nomination included Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who gained popularity when he was state attorney general by leading Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim-majority countries. Also running were veteran lawmaker Donna Mercado Kim, a former state Senate president, and Ernie Martin, the current chairman of the Honolulu City Council. Kaniela Ing, a state representative, hoped his calls for tuition free college, cancelling student debt and Medicare-for-all would help him reprise the dramatic come-from-behind victory his New York democratic socialist colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cort

Democrats seeking the nomination included Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who gained popularity when he was state attorney general by leading Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim-majority countries. Also running were veteran lawmaker Donna Mercado Kim, a former state Senate president, and Ernie Martin, the current chairman of the Honolulu City Council. Kaniela Ing, a state representative, hoped his calls for tuition free college, cancelling student debt and Medicare-for-all would help him reprise the dramatic come-from-behind victory his New York democratic socialist colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, scored two months ago. Ocasio-Cortez defeated a powerful sitting congressman in her Democratic primary in June.

The candidates spanned the political spectrum of Hawaii's Democratic Party, which dominates state politics.

Case represented a more conservative bent, expressing concerned about the federal debt and deficits. He was a member of the Blue Dog Democrat caucus during his last stint in Congress.

Ing stood for the progressive wing.

The winner of the general election will join a four-person Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

In Hawaii's other congressional district, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, easily won re-election to represent rural Oahu and the neighboring islands. One of her challengers, Sherry Alu Campagna, criticized Gabbard for refusing to participate in debates even though she's argued in the past that candidates should debate to present their positions and be held accountable for their opinions.

Brian Evans was seeking the Republican nomination for the second district.

Sen. Mazie Hirono won the Democratic nomination for Senate unopposed.

Case represented a more conservative bent, expressing concerned about the federal debt and deficits. He was a member of the Blue Dog Democrat caucus during his last stint in Congress.

Ing stood for the progressive wing.

The winner of the general election will join a four-person Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

In Hawaii's other congressional district, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, easily won re-election to represent rural Oahu and the neighboring islands. One of her challengers, Sherry Alu Campagna, criticized Gabbard for refusing to participate in debates even though she's argued in the past that candidates should debate to present their positions and be held accountable for their opinions.

Brian Evans was seeking the Republican nomination for the second district.

Sen. Mazie Hirono won the Democratic nomination for Senate unopposed.

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