Congressional race likely to get crowded

  • Kai Kahele announces his bid for Congress, challenging U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, on Jan. 21 at Mo'oheau Bandstand in Hilo. (Tribune-Herald file photo)
  • Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate Oct. 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s announcement late Thursday that she won’t seek reelection to Congress so she can focus on her presidential bid turns what early challenger Kai Kahele saw as a likely mano a mano contest into a political free-for-all.