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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, May 10, 2010

National Democrats pull out of Hawaii special election

Associated Press

WASHINGTON House Democrats are abandoning efforts to win a special election in Hawaii as a party feud threatens their prospects in President Barack Obama's native state.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Crider today said the organization would stop spending for the May 22 contest to replace Rep. Neil Abercrombie, who left Congress to run for governor.

The DCCC said it would save the money it would have spent on the special election for the general election in November.

National Democrats have been smarting over the Democratic fight between state Senate president Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case.

Hanabusa is favored by the state's two senators, Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka, as well as labor. The DCCC blamed local Democrats for infighting.

Republican Charles Djou is leading in the polls. The Democratic campaign committee has spent an estimated $300,000 on the race, much of it for ads critical of Djou.