Long after Republicans won control of Congress, Hawaiian voters rounded out their delegation by electing Democrat Ed Case to the House on Saturday.
Case has been representing Hawaii’s 2nd district since winning the right to complete the remainder of the late Rep. Patsy Mink’s (D) term in a special election Nov. 30, 2002.
Mink died of pneumonia Sept. 28 but was posthumously elected to a 14th term in November, forcing Saturday’s special election.
Case took 43 percent of the vote, beating out his law partner and former state Sen. Matt Matsunaga (D). Matsunaga, son of the late Sen. Spark Matsunaga (D), for whom Case once worked, came in second with 23,050 votes, or 30 percent of the 76,328 votes cast. State Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, also a Democrat, was third with 8 percent.
After being declared the winner, Case said he is “ready and eager to get going. I have a good head start in momentum and seniority from serving out the remainder of the late Rep. Patsy Mink’s term, so I’ll hit the ground running. I’m excited to bring all of the personal, private sector and government experiences I’ve accumulated in my fifty years to bear on contributing to the makings of a much better Hawaii.”
With Case’s election, the current makeup of the House is 229 Republicans, 205 Democrats and one Independent.