Hawaii Dems headed for contested primary

State Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D) is clearly focused on running again after taking second in Saturday's three-way special House election in Hawaii.

In an e-mail to her supporters Monday, Hanabusa said the results showed "we can and will win in the September primary and November general elections."

She also hinted at the tension between Hawaii Democrats and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Some told us that we shouldn't be in this race. They told us to sit on the sidelines," she wrote. "They insisted that we were going to fail. They were wrong. We left no doubt that momentum is on our side, and will continue to build to our advantage."

She closed with what is likely to remain her pitch throughout the primary. "It is clear that the voters believe I am the more electable Democratic candidate, one who will stand strong for our values and priorities," Hanabusa said. "I will continue campaigning as Hawaii’s favored Democratic candidate."

Earlier on Monday, former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii), who finished third, told supporters he "eagerly look[s] forward to continuing our work together."

Republican Charles Djou won Saturday's vote with 39.7 percent.