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Hawaii Republican delegates gathering this weekend

By TREENA SHAPIRO
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Republicans will meet in Waikiki this weekend for the state convention.

Results from the party's presidential caucus in March are binding, so the convention will focus primarily on state and federal races.

At the state level, redrawn district lines mean all seats are open.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka's upcoming retirement opens up the opportunity for Republicans to take a congressional seat.

Former Gov. Linda Lingle and retired Air Force pilot John Carroll will speak to convention delegates before they face off in the primary election on Aug. 11.

Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, who wants to represent Hawaii's first congressional district, will also be in attendance. Djou, who held the seat briefly after a 2010 special election, hopes to replace U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Mazie Hirono.

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