by Corina Eckl
Two House incumbents--Kam Tanaka and Bev Harbin--lost their primary races. Both are registered Ds, but by all accounts Harbin is really an R. She was appointed by Republican Gov. Linda Lingle to fill a vacant seat, but Harbin's appointment became controversial when undisclosed information about her surfaced. According to the Honolulu Star Bulletin, Harbin overlooked telling the governor that she had a 1987 criminal record for passing bad checks and owed $123,000 in back taxes.
There are 10 other open seats in the upcoming November elections because incumbents chose not to run for reelection. One of the open seats was held by State Sen. Bob Hogue who sought and won the Republican primary for the second congressional district being vacated by Congressman Ed Case. Houge will face former Lt. Gov. Maizie Hirono in the general election. Case is leaving because he lost his primary bid to unseat incumbent US Senator Daniel Akaka.