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Democratic gubernatorial primary race kicks off

Mufi Hannemann Mufi Hannemann
Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's top Democrats will gather for a unity breakfast in two months, traditionally held the day after a primary election. But it's anyone's guess how unified Democrats will be the September morning following what is expected to be a close and potentially ugly tug-of-war between former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

That contest, which has been simmering for months, begins in earnest on Tuesday when Hannemann quits his current post, as is required by the state's "resign-to-run" law. He then will file candidacy papers for governor. Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona is seeking the Republican nomination.

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