Hirono Sparks Political Free-For-All

Political junkies rejoice!

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono's decision to run for U.S. Senate in the 2012 election has set into motion a political game of musical chairs — some might call it a free-for-all — that could include a host of familiar names in local politics.

For starters, Hirono's announcement is interesting because it adds another well-known candidate to the race for the senate seat that Sen. Dan Akaka is vacating. Former Congressman Ed Case announced his candidacy in April. It also paves the way for a wide-open U.S. House race.

Candidates who have run for seats in both the 1st and 2nd congressional districts have not always lived in the district they seek to represent, though candidates who don't can expect some criticism. Thus far, living outside of the congressional district that's up for grabs has not been a deal breaker for voters.

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