The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the panel charged with getting Democrats elected to the House, is pulling out of the race to replace former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) in a special election scheduled for later this month.
Former Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) is vying with Hawaii state senator Colleen Hanabusa (D) along with Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) for the right to succeed Abercrombie.
The race appears to favor Djou as Democrats squabble behind the scenes. Case infuriated many of Hawaii’s Democratic establishment a few years ago when he challenged longtime Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) in the Democratic primary. He is splitting his vote with Hanabusa.
“The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 special election,” said DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider. “Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences. The DCCC will save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November.”
Losing the seat would be a blow to Democrats, who have long-held this left-leaning seat. Abercrombie did two stints on Capitol Hill, one lasting nearly 20 years. He resigned from Congress in February to run for governor.
The votes will be tabulated May 22 and election officials will announce a winner then.