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  [HI] State Sen. Gabbard switches to Democratic Party
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Last EditedJ.R.  Aug 31, 2007 12:13am
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News DateThursday, August 30, 2007 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Sen. Mike Gabbard this afternoon switched political alliances with the signing of his Democratic Party of Hawai'i card at party headquarters.
"I can be much more effective as a legislator being a member of the majority party, and that's what it's all about," Gabbard said at the signing on the second floor of the Ward Warehouse.

Gabbard, who was elected to the Senate as a Republican last year, met recently with Democratic activists as he mulled the switch. Democrats have a 20-to-5 advantage over Republicans in the Senate, and two Republican senators are facing significant re-election challenges next year.
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