Charles Djou won a special election to become the first Republican to win a congressional seat in Hawaii for nearly two decades. He garnered 39.4 percent of the vote, while his Democratic opponents Colleen Hanabusa and Ed Case drew 30.8 percent and 27.6 percent respectively. Djou will replace Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who resigned in order to concentrate on his bid for state governor.
Aloha Update invites readers to comment on the following question: “will Rep. Djou, Case, or Hanabusa win in November?”
All Hawaii News proposes Djou’s victory “boils down to that old saw by Will Rogers, that “I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat.”
Got Windmills? pinpoints the longstanding Hawaiian rules for special elections.
On Volcanic Ash, David Shapiro claims, “The special election in the 1st Congressional District is giving us a good lesson on the difference between an all-mail election and traditional in-person voting.”
All Hawaii News also presents election statistics from the state Office of Elections.
Big Island Chronicle reports that Hawaiian congressional candidate Ramsay Puanani Wharton takes hope from Djou’s victory.
Aloha Analytics writes, “We hadn’t noticed this, but http://www.hawaiifreepress.com did. They surmise that local ‘media is attempting to avoid coverage which might have the effect of mobilizing Djou’s voters.’”
Ian Lind discusses Djou’s fundraising.
Finally, Larry Geller of Disappeared News highlights the “invisible candidates” in the race.