Democrat Case wins Hawaii seat in Congress

  • Former Rep. Ed Case does some last minute campaigning, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Honolulu. Case is running for the House seat vacated by Democratic Rep Colleen Hanabusa. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Honolulu is sending former U.S. Rep. Ed Case back to Washington.

The Democrat on Tuesday defeated 68-year-old Republican Cam Cavasso in the midterm election to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

Fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa currently holds the seat, which covers urban Honolulu. But she made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for governor instead of running for re-election.

Case won his primary after a hard-fought campaign against five other major candidates. The 66-year-old said afterward his message that politicians in Washington need to work together resonated with voters.

Case served in Congress from 2002 to 2007, giving him an edge in experience and name recognition. He was a member of the Blue Dog Democrat caucus of moderate and conservative Democrats during his last stint in Congress.

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