Winner of packed Hawaii House race likely to win in November

Doug Chin
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Half a dozen high-profile Democrats are vying for a congressional seat to represent Hawaii in a very competitive game of political musical chairs.

It’s a jam-packed arena for the state’s 1st Congressional District, which includes Honolulu.

It seemed Lt. Gov. Doug Chin would parlay his national name recognition into a U.S. House seat after leading a challenge of President Donald Trump’s travel ban as Hawaii attorney general.

But then another well-known name and several others decided to run.

Much lies at stake with Hawaii’s Aug. 11 Democratic primary. The winner has the inside track to Congress in this heavily blue state.

U.S. Rep. Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is stepping down to challenge incumbent Gov. David Ige.