By ALEX ISENSTADT, Politico
Former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii), who recently finished third in a House special election, says he will not run in November against newly minted GOP Rep. Charles Djou.
In an e-mail to supporters Sunday afternoon titled, â€œHeart Says Yes, Head Says No,â€ Case announced that, â€œtoday I’m withdrawing my candidacy for the U. S. House of Representatives from Hawaiâ€˜i’s great First District for the upcoming 112th Congress.â€
The announcement came one week after Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa split the Democratic vote in the May 22 special election for the Honolulu-based seat former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie vacated to run for governor. Case finished in third place, an unexpected outcome for the former Democratic congressman.
Case, who faced fierce opposition during the campaign from the state Democratic establishment, initially said after the loss that he planned to run for the Democratic nomination for the full term. But Case told supporters Sunday that, â€œMy heart tells me to stay in this fight, but my head says this has become the wrong fight.â€
Hanabusa has said she plans to run in the September Democratic primary.
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