Hannemann Ahead in CD2 Race For Cash

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Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann ended the year with more than $500,000 in the bank, poised to run a tough race for the congressional seat being vacated by Hawaii Rep. Mazie Hirono.

But Honolulu City Council member Tulsi Gabbard also has a respectable $317,000 as of Dec. 31, the latest campaign finance reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission show.

Hirono has represented rural Oahu (not including Honolulu), the seven neighbor islands, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands which make up Congressional District 2 since 2007. She is giving up the office to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by veteran Sen. Daniel Akaka, who is retiring.

The open CD2 seat has drawn five contenders, but Hannemann, Gabbard and Marx are the clear front-runners, out-fundraising the other challengers by a wide margin.

Here's a look at what the latest filings show. They cover the three-month period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. The next reports are due April 15.

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