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  Case favors future run for U.S. Senate, not Hawai'i governor
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Last EditedGerald Farinas  Nov 19, 2004 09:14am
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News DateFriday, November 19, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionCase favors future run for U.S. Senate, not Hawai'i governor
Honolulu Advertiser

Sixteen days after winning a second term in Congress with 65 percent of the vote, Democratic Rep. Ed Case says he would run for the Senate should a position open. "If a Senate seat were to open up, I'd run," he said yesterday. Case also virtually dismissed any talk of a run for Hawai'i governor in two years, when Gov. Linda Lingle is expected to seek a second term. Case's aspirations are significant because he is considered a potential rival to Lingle. Recent polls showed her job approval rating at 64 percent. Sens. Dan Inouye and Daniel Akaka are both 80 this year.

Neal Milner, a political scientist at the University of Hawai'i, said time has passed by several "old-time Democrats" who wanted to run for the Senate a group in which he included Abercrombie because Inouye and Akaka have served so long. Milner also said that politically it would make no sense for Case to run for the governor's seat for two reasons: Lingle is a strong incumbent and, in Hawai'i, the U.S. Senate is more prestigious. He also speculated that Lingle might run for a vacant Senate seat if one should open because she is the state's most prominent Republican.
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