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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Ed Case
Rep. Mazie K. Hirono won the Democratic primary in Hawaii for an open U.S. Senate seat, setting up a race in November against former Hawaiian Gov. Linda Lingle.
Democrats have their thumbs on Republican scales in Senate primaries in Missouri and Wisconsin this summer, hoping to improve their own chances of maintaining a majority in November. The idea isn't quite as far-fetched as it might sound.
Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is chasing surfers for their votes in Hawaii _ channel surfers.
Former Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii is the first official candidate in what is expected to be a flood of candidates for the 2012 election to succeed retiring Sen. Daniel K. Akaka.
Mr. Case, meanwhile, says it's time to start the 2012 campaign.
"Im not one for a long exploratory process," he said in a letter on his website to supporters. "I retained very good overall name recognition and favorability, prevailed in the Democratic primary matchups ... and did best among the Democrats in a general election against presumed Republican nominee Linda Lingle."