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The Democratic stronghold in Hawaii which President Barack Obama calls home turned to the GOP on Saturday when residents in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District voted in Republican Charles Kong Djou. Djou was a Honolulu City Council member and former member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. In funding, Djou was neck and neck with Democratic challenger Colleen Hanabusa; each had raised a little more than $1 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In the final tally, Djou won with 39.4 percent of the vote, while Hanabusa finished second with 30.8 percent of the vote. Democratic support was split ...
The congressional district where President Barack Obama was born and raised could go to the G.O.P., according to a recently-leaked White House poll which found Republican candidate Charles Kong Djou tied with Democrat Ed Case. Democrat Colleen Hanabusa--who has backing from both Hawaii senators--runs a distant third. The special election for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District is an open race where candidates from all parties appear on the same ballot and the winner takes all. The election is mainly vote-by-mail and results will be announced on May 22. The seat was vacated by Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie in February, when he ...