Sad to see.

Rep. Ed Case conceded defeat to Sen. Daniel Akaka in phone call late Saturday after voters in Hawaii’s Democratic primary gave the liberal incumbent a wide lead.

Case conceded the race when returns showed he trailed by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent with roughly two-thirds of the expected vote counted. Akaka had 87,102 votes compared to Case’s 71,712.

“Losing is never easy,” Case said in his concession speech. “It doesn’t mean the ideas we put forward in this campaign are not valid.”

True. Now that Case will no longer be in the House of Representatives, how many Ephs are left?

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