Rep. Colleen Hanabusa announced Tuesday afternoon that she was not be challenging the results of the Primary Election.
"Though I will not be challenging the results of this election, I remain very concerned about the public's confidence and trust in our election process. I ask former colleagues and friends in the Hawaii State Legislature to explore what is necessary to ensure the people that their vote truly counts," said Hanabusa. "I heard from many who feel strongly that they were disenfranchised from the voting process this election and I stand ready to support any collaborative effort to have those voices heard."
Hanabusa thanked her supporters for their hard work, sacrifice and trust.
"We would not have gotten as close as we did without the love and Aloha you poured into our campaign. I will forever be humbled and inspired by your support," said Hanabusa.
Hanabusa says she will finish her work in Congress and reflect on the last 16 years of her life in public office.
"I always wanted to give back and make things better for the people of Hawaii by creating opportunities for the next generation to thrive. I can move on from this election knowing I listened to the people and fought hard for the right to represent them, honorably," said Hanabusa.
Hanabusa's Democratic primary opponent, Sen. Brian Schatz, responded with the following statement:
"This election has been extraordinary from beginning to end. It took heart, teamwork and a belief that together we are making a real difference for our state and our country. I want to congratulate Congresswoman Hanabusa on waging a spirited and tough battle. Now it is time for us to unite as we move forward to the general election. I thank the voters for placing their trust and confidence in me. I will never lose sight of the fact that I am only able to do my work representing the people of Hawaii because of the voters' support."