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Posted: Thursday, December 20th, 2012 9:28 AM HST

Rep. Hanabusa will apply for Hawaii US Senate seat

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, who will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in the next Congress, says she would be "delighted" to work with fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Senate.

Hanabusa's office said Wednesday that she will apply for the Senate vacancy created by the death of Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. The 61-year-old is the early favorite for the post, having won the endorsement of Inouye.

Inouye said in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie dated Monday that his last wish was for Hanabusa to succeed him. Inouye died that day from respiratory complications. He was 88.

Akaka's spokesman says he is also supporting Hanabusa for the job.

Abercrombie will choose Inouye's successor from a list of three candidates submitted by the state Democratic party.

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