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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

HI-Gov: Abercrombie (D) to Decide Soon

Posted by DavidNYC

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) is close to deciding whether he'll run against incumbent Republican governor Linda Lingle. Through the rumor mill, though, I'm hearing he's gonna say no. His remarks strike me as leaning that way, too:

"I will make a decision shortly. This is not something that is going to hang on," Abercrombie said.

"(Gov.) Linda Lingle can and should be defeated for re-election. That is the fundamental premise, whether or not I do it," Abercrombie said.

"All I can say is I am very grateful for the kind and insightful and provocative thoughts that have come my way," Abercrombie said.

I hope Abercrombie does say yes, but I can understand if he declines - Lingle is pretty popular (61-32 a month ago) and probably won't go down easily, barring a Democratic tidal wave (which may yet happen).

Posted at 02:09 PM in 2006 Elections - State, Hawaii | Technorati

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Hawaii strikes me as being another potential long-term trouble spot. It consistently gives George Bush his highest approval ratings of all the blue states and Lingle seems pretty popular there. Is Lingle a RINO or does she govern like a conservative? Either way, you know the pressure will be on for a Lingle Senate bid in 2010, when Dan Inouye would seem likely to retire. Any idea what's going on down there to give the Dems headaches of late?

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