Charles Djou is headed to Congress, ladies and gentlemen!
From Hotline On Call:
Honolulu Councilor Charles Djou (R) defeated 13 other challengers, including state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D) and ex-Rep. Ed Case (D), to win a special election to replace ex-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI 01). Djou led Hanabusa 40-31%. Case followed with 28%.
The win was the first special election victory for the GOP in 11 tries, and the first in a competitive race since ’06. Djou’s win may also serve to salve the wounds from the party’s defeat in the eminently winnable PA-12 special last week. The GOP will surely remind anyone who will listen over the next few weeks that it now controls Pres. Obama’s home CD.
Dems, meanwhile, point to the combined Case and Hanabusa numbers, noting that the majority the Dems took is a sign of things to come this fall in the general election.
Turnout was extremely high, with over 50% of voters returning ballots.