National Democrats growing increasingly worried about Hawaii special election

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Friday, April 9, 2010; 3:41 PM

The resignation of Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) has created a special election problem for his party. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images National Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that the presence of two well-known candidates in an all-party special election in Hawaii next month will badly jeopardize their chances of holding the seat and are weighing the options available to them to thin the field. White House political Director Patrick Gaspard has been active in expressing concerns that in a low-turnout special election, which is set for May 22, former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate president Colleen Hanabusa could split the Democratic vote enough to allow Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) to win. Under Hawaii special election rules, all candidates -- regardless of party affiliation -- run on a single ballot. (Rep. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, held the seat easily for two decades before resigning earlier this year


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