Small GOP victory in Hawaii
"It's a significant win for us," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said of the GOP's capture of a House seat from Hawaii in a special election. And, sure, yes, after compiling a 0-11 record in special elections since May 2008, Steele is right, in a way. The seat has been held by a Democrat for nearly 20 years. And it is in Honolulu, President Obama's birthplace, which Steele acknowledged is, indeed, the case. But that's the limit of "significant." The Democrats stand a good chance of taking that seat back in six short months.
Andrew Romano at Newsweek beat me to the punch yesterday when he pointed out some key facts in the HI-1 race, which was necessitated by Democrat Neil Abercrombie's decision to resign in order to run for governor. There were two candidates who split the Democratic vote. Combined, Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case snagged 58.4 percent of the vote. The man who won, Charles Djou, mustered just
30.8 39.7 percent. Next, Djou will have to run again in November for a full two-year term. Unlike the crowded field that eased his entre to Capitol Hill, Djou will face just one Democrat in that race. Considering the fact that Obama won his birthplace district with 70 percent of the vote in 2008, Djou better stock up on as many Congressional mementos as possible. He might not be there long.
| May 24, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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