May 6th, 2010
09:46 AM ET
8 years ago

Dem vows to fight on in Hawaii special election


Polling in a three-way Hawaii special election indicates that the two Democrats in the race are splitting their party's vote to the benefit of the Republican candidate. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) – Borrowing a phrase from one-time presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, Hawaii Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Hanabusa says she's "in this race to win it."

Hawaii's state Senate president say she's not dropping out of a contest for former Rep. Neil Abercrombie's seat in Hawaii's 1st congressional district, telling reporters Wednesday that "I'm in the race until the end."

Along with former Rep. Ed Case, Hanabusa is one of two Democrats in the May 22 special election. In a contest for what should be a safe seat for Democrats, recent polls indicate the two Dems are splitting the vote, with the Republican candidate, Honolulu city councilman Charles Djou, in first place in the surveys. The special election is a winner takes all contest, with only a plurality needed for victory.

Hanabusa is in third place, according to the polls. But she disputes the surveys' findings and says they are wrong, according to local reports.

While national Democratic Party organizations may favor Case, they have not formally endorsed either of their party's candidates. Meanwhile, the state's two Democratic Senators, Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, are pushing for Hanabusa. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running ads that criticize Djou and is also pushing efforts to get out the Democratic vote.

Abercrombie, who stepped down earlier this year to run for governor, won more than three-quarters of the vote in his 2008 re-election, and then-Sen. Barack Obama, who spent much of his childhood in Hawaii, took 70 percent of the vote in the district in the 2008. But, four years earlier, Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, won the district by only six points. The district covers Honolulu and some surrounding suburbs.

Voting in the contest is underway, and ballots in the all-mail special election need to be returned to the state Office of Elections by May 22.

And, as for the Clinton comparison: In early 2007, when then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, announced her bid for the White House, she said "I'm running for president and I'm in it to win it."

Filed under: 2010 • Hawaii
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    You mean she just won't roll over for a democrat? Must be a racist.

    May 6, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. scott

    all the democrats got 2 do is get 66.7 percent of the vote.they got 2 make sure everyone mail n there vote by leaving no stone unturn dont worry about november right now until after may 22

    May 6, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In stark contrast to the way RethugliKKKlans run their elections, Ms. Hanabusa is being allowed to participate in the democratic election process without being threatened or forced out.

    Interesting phrase: DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. Could this be the reason REPUBLICANS have a hard time adhering to it?

    May 6, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. diridi

    If America has any kind of Brain, it will not vote for GOP thugs, and Republicans...period...Bush messed this nation like a "Hell". ok, True, nothing but is who hire illegals...jail them...just give priority to "US Citizens". then talk...Targe these employers who hire illegals...especially, motels, hotels, and gas stantions...

    May 6, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Beef King

    Hawaiians know Colleen Hanabusa to be dishonest and corrupt.
    Too bad for the voters because Ed Case is known to be honest and not corrupt.
    Mr. Djou is lucky indeed, because Mr. Case would be the clear winner if Hanabusa was gone.
    She is power mad.

    May 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Willy Brown

    To pick a democrat all you need to know is which one lies the best.

    May 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. The Republican Dictionary

    Democrats are ALWAYS in-fighting. This is why they are missing an opportunity to GOVERN the United States for 20 to 40 years after the debacle that was George Bush.

    Somebody (Rahme) needs to put one in the political head of this woman.

    Republicans love Reagan ... Democrats need to steal a page from his playbook ... thou shall not criticize another member of the party.

    May 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |

    DemS are known for destroying themselves. A supposed safe seat and they're giving it away.

    May 6, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Maybe she should run as an independent

    May 6, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Franklin

    The first candidate to promise they will get the schools open year round and get the school buses picking up all children again should be the easy winners. That is something that the media doesn't talk about when they help the POTUS claim that he is from Hawaii; the fact that he is doing nothing about the state being so broke that they can't afford to transport children to the schools that only stay open 3 1/2 days a week.

    May 6, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |