Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Honolulu) is running for Governor, but says she will not resign from the House. In 2010, then-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Honolulu) left his 1st District seat mid-term to avoid the long trips back and forth to Washington. Remaining in the state, he was able to invigorate his fledgling gubernatorial campaign and would eventually win the statewide election. But, under Hawaii’s special election law that places all candidates on one ballot for a sole electoral contest, Republican Charles Djou picked up the seat for the remainder of the congressional term. Ms. Hanabusa then defeated him in the subsequent 2010 regular election. The Congresswoman serving the full term will keep the House seat in the Democratic column, but whether her prolonged absences from the far away state will weaken her Democratic primary challenge against Gov. David Ige remains to be seen.
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