- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

HONOLULU, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Ed Case, a cousin of AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case, has been elected to Congress, succeeding the late Rep. Patsy Mink, the state Office of Elections announced Sunday.

In the special election Saturday, whose votes were tallied Sunday, Ed Case drew 43.2 percent of the votes in a field of 44 candidates. The winner only needed to capture the most votes, not a majority of the votes.

Case, 50, a Democrat, was considered to have a slight edge since he had served as Mink's temporary successor by winning a special election five weeks ago to finish out Mink's term. She died shortly after winning the September primary and was elected posthumously in November.

The second-highest vote-getter was Matt Matsunaga, also a Democrat, who got 30.2 percent of the vote. He is the son of the late Sen. Spark Matsunaga, D-Hawaii.

The 2nd Congressional District covers Oahu and the outlying islands.

Case's election fills the last vacancy in the 108th Congress, which convenes Tuesday.

Mink, 74, was one of the most liberal members of the House in a seat that has been filled by a Democrat since 1938.

Case is seen as a more conservative Democrat. His election will not change the balance of political power in the House, since Republicans already have a 25-vote majority in that chamber.

Republicans, whose November vote gave them the Hawaii statehouse with the election of the first Republican governor in 40 years, had hoped to have a chance at claiming Mink's seat as well.

Case, an attorney, last served on Capitol Hill 27 years ago as an aide to Sen. Matsunaga. Case also served for eight years in the Hawaii state Legislature, representing Honolulu's Manoa District.

He told CNN that his cousin Steve had not yet congratulated him.

"I've got a lot of cousins," Ed Case told CNN. "I got a congratulatory call from some of my cousins, but not from the one you're probably talking about."

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