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HI-1: Democrats Pull Out
March 11, 2010 Content provided by DDC Advocacy
With voting in the HI-1 special election already in progress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that they will spend no more money on the race. The seat is open because Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie resigned earlier this year to concentrate on his campaign for Governor. Hawaii special elections are filled in one winner-take-all election. The format is a problem for the Democrats in this situation because they are split between two strong candidates, former 2nd district Rep. Ed Case and state Senate president Colleen Hanabusa, and neither will yield to the other. Polling is showing that Honolulu city Councilman Charles Djou has unified the smaller Republican base and, against a fractured Democratic Party, catapults into first place. The DCCC had attempted to convince Hanabusa to withdraw, but to no avail. They now say what money would have been spent in the special election will be used for the general instead. Since voting began May 1, all via mail, election authorities have received more than 60,000 ballots. All votes must be received by May 22nd. It is now likely Djou will win the special election and then face a dogfight this November against either Hanabusa or Case, whoever wins the Democratic primary in September. Change the rating on the HI-1 special election to Lean Republican.