On Saturday, Honolulu City Councilman Charles D’Jou won a special election a two Democrats split the vote. D’Jou is the first Republican to win a congressional seat in Hawai’i since 1990. From the Honolulu Star Bulletin:
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.”
D’Jou won the vote with 40%:
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.
“I congratulate Mr. Djou,” Abercrombie said in a statement. “Serving in the United States House of Representatives, for whatever period of time, is a great honor and an even greater responsibility.”
He added, “The majority of voters in the district supported Democratic candidates in this special election. I am confident that a Democrat will win the congressional race in the general election.”
D’Jou Democratic rivals will still duke it out with each other for the primary to challenge the newly elected congressman representing Hawaii’s first district:
The two Democrats also turned their eyes toward the party primary in September, as both vowed to continue the fight for the right to face Djou in a one-on-one vote in November.
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