Republicans take Hawaii House seat for first time in 20 years

For the first time in some twenty years a Republican has taken a Hawaii congressional seat.  The special election was held Saturday to replace retiring Congressman Neil Abercrombie.  Charles Djou won with nearly forty percent of the vote, with his closest competitor Colleen Hanabusa who had with 31 percent.

The election was a “winner take all” election which is different from other states that require a run off if a candidate does not get fifty percent plus one vote.  Democrats had problems with unity which caused more than one candidate to run in the Democratic party which essentially split the vote.  The Democrats vow to take back the district in the General Election in November.

The celebration at Hawaii Republican Party headquarters was barely 15 minutes old as Charles Djou, the GOP’s newest darling, had already moved past the historic victory and turned his sights toward the general election in November.

“I know there are going to be pundits out there who are going to try to minimize the significance of tonight’s election,” Djou told a crowd of jubilant supporters after winning the special election to fill the vacancy in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

“These pundits are going to say the only reason this evening occurred is because of unique political circumstances,” he added. “These pundits are going to tell you to ignore the results of what happened here tonight. We’re here to tell them they are wrong.”

Djou won with close to 40 percent of the vote in the mail-in special election, beating Democrats Colleen Hanabusa, with 31 percent, and Ed Case, 28 percent.

He now will head to Washington to take over Office 1502 in the Longworth Building, once occupied by Democrat Neil Abercrombie. The last of Abercrombie’s staff packed up last week.

via Djou wins U.S. House seat – Hawaii News – Starbulletin.com.

Hope & Change Ripples Across the Pacific: Republican Wins ‘Obama’s Hometown’ for First Time in 20 Years

“GOP wins House seat in Obama’s Hometown” is the headline this morning, and it’s almost embarrassing enough to get even the president himself to deny he was born in Hawaii.

It’s been 20 years since a Republican won a congressional election in Hawaii’s District 1, but it’s taking only about a year and a half for Hope & Change to ripple across the Pacific:

via Michelle Malkin » Hope & Change Ripples Across the Pacific: Republican Wins ‘Obama’s Hometown’ for First Time in 20 Years.

Republican Djou wins U.S. House seat in Hawaii

The GOP trumpets a victory on Obama’s home turf, while Dems promise to regroup. It is the first GOP victory in Congress from the state in 20 years.

Djou won with close to 40 percent of the vote in the mail-in special election, beating Democrats Colleen Hanabusa, with 31 percent, and Ed Case, 28 percent.

He now will head to Washington to take over Office 1502 in the Longworth Building, once occupied by Democrat Neil Abercrombie. The last of Abercrombie’s staff packed up last week. A real election will be held in November.

http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20100523_Djou_wins_US_House_seat.html

via Political Truth and Fact: Sunday’s Web.

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