Washington (CNN) – House Republicans are on the verge of picking up a congressional seat in President Obama's childhood home of Hawaii, which would be a symbolic victory for the GOP less than six months before the midterm elections.
The House Democratic campaign arm announced Monday it would no longer spend any money or time on the special election to fill former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie's Honolulu-based congressional seat. Abercrombie resigned earlier this year to run for governor.
"The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election," Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement. "Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences. The DCCC will save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November."
Crider is referring to the two Democrats, former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who are competing in the special election along with Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou. Polling shows that Djou, a Republican, is likely to win the special election to serve the remainder of Abercrombie's term because Democrats are splitting the vote.
National Democrats acknowledge as much by their decision to focus on the November elections, where a primary will give Hawaii Democrats one candidate to rally around.