Since Hawaii and Alaska politics are a pretty remote afterthought to most continental American observers, we might as well follow up the primary from the 49th state with a big development in the 50th: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has decided against a legal challenge to Sen. Brian Schatz’ 1700 vote win in the August 9 primary (extended in two precincts to August 15).

So in the absence of a bitter overtime battle, Schatz should have no problem dispatching Republican Cam Cavasso in November.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.