Former Rep. Ed Case dropped out of a hotly contested Democratic race in Hawaii for Congress on Tuesday, clearing the way for Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa in a fall campaign against the Republican incumbent
Case, a cousin of AOL founder Steve Case, did not explain his reasons for leaving the Democratic primary contest in the 1st District, except to say that he and his wife, Audrey, "analyzed our options every which way" and decided to withdraw. "My heart tells me to stay in this fight, but my head says this has become the wrong fight," Case said in a letter
Hanabusa, now virtually assured of the Democratic nomination, will try to unseat Republican Rep. Charles Djou, who won a special election last month to fill a vacant seat that had been held by Democrat Neil Abercrombie for 20 years. Djou prevailed in a crowded winner-take-all field that split the Democratic vote. He captured 39.4 of the vote to Hanabusa's 30.8 percent and Case's 27.6 percent.
Case served in Congress between 2002 and 2007 and is also the former majority leader of the Hawaii House of Representatives.
The Hawaii primary will take place Sept. 18.