Battle for open Hawaii seat splits Democratic House groups – JP
Outside groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC, the cryptocurrency-linked 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 tied to CPC Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, spent a combined $199,000 supporting Tokuda.
Tokuda has raised $19,000 so far from House and Senate incumbents’ leadership PACs, including $5,000 from Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono and $4,000 from New York Rep. Mondaire Jones, according to politicalmoneyline.com. Branco has raised $7,000 from incumbents’ 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 District. Joseph Webster, whose personal loan to his campaign accounts for $60,000 of the $62,000 he raised, told Honolulu Civil Beat that he knows the race is a longshot for a Republican and says on his campaign website that he is a “Republican like you’ve never met before.” Joseph Akana, the other Republican on the ballot, ran against Kahele in 2020 and got 31 percent 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, an attorney and nonprofit leader. Case reported raising $841,000 and had $475,000 on hand as of July 24, while Alcubilla had raised $107,000 and had $6,000 on hand as of June 30.
Our Hawaii PAC spent $24,000 supporting Alcubilla.