Battle for open seat in Hawaii divides Democratic House groups

Outside groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC, cryptocurrency-related Web3 Forward PAC, Mainstream Democrats PAC, and VoteVets, spent $598,000 supporting Branco and $603,000 opposing Tokuda . The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC and Medicare for All PAC, which is linked to CPC chairwoman Rep. Pramila Jayapal, spent $199,000 to support Tokuda.

Tokuda has raised $19,000 so far from House and Senate incumbent leadership PACs, including $5,000 from Hawaiian Senator Mazie Hirono and $4,000 from New York Rep. Mondaire Jones, according to Branco raised $7,000 from incumbent PACs, including $2,500 from Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego and $1,500 from California Rep. Linda Sanchez.

Two Republicans are also seeking the nomination for the 2nd constituency. Joseph Webster, whose personal loan to his campaign is $60,000 of the $62,000 he has raised, told Honolulu Civil Beat he knows the race is long for a Republican and said on his website campaign that he was “a Republican like you’ve never been before. met before.” Joseph Akana, the other Republican on the ballot, ran against Kahele in 2020 and won 31% of the vote.

In the 1st District, Rep. Ed Case, a Blue Dog Democrat who was first elected to the seat in 2018, faces a primary challenge from Sergio Alcubilla, a lawyer and nonprofit leader. Case said he had raised $841,000 and had $475,000 as of July 24, while Alcubilla had raised $107,000 and had $6,000 as of June 30.

Our Hawaii PAC spent $24,000 to support Alcubilla.

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