Inouye’s death leaves hole in HI political clou

December 18, 2012 • National News

FILE – In this Friday, July 9, 2010 file photo, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is seen at the ceremony welcoming F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham in Honolulu. Inouye has died of respiratory complications, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, according to Inouye’s office. He was 88. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii leaves open a seat in the Senate to be filled by a Democrat, with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa the immediate front-runner thanks to Inouye’s wishes.

It also leaves a huge hole in terms of Hawaii’s political clout.

Inouye had represented Hawaii in Congress since statehood in 1959, first in the House Login to read more

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