October 21st, 2010
08:00 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: The GOP has a good shot to win in Hawaii

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here.

Today's featured district is:

HI 01: Rep. Charles Djou (R) is fighting to keep the seat he won in a special election.
Primary: September 18, 2010
Days until the election: 13

This race is a little quirky. Hawaii's first congressional district, former home to President Barack Obama, longtime Democratic district, but the GOP has a great shot at keeping this seat. Why? Well – a couple reasons: foremost being that this year seems to be the year where the impossible becomes possible in Hawaii politics: a Republican, Charles Djou, won the special election for former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie's seat and now, when Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is trying to take it back, Djou is well-positioned to keep the seat.

Just about everything in this race is nasty: the candidates zing each other in debates, there are negative ads saturating the airwaves (funded by the candidates and party committees). The internal politics of the race are pretty nasty as well, with just about anyone who is anyone in Hawaii politics jumping into the fray, slinging endorsements.

Both candidates are pretty well funded (they each raised over $2 million by the end of September) and, aided by the party committees, they have money in the bank to take them through election day.

Turnout will play a huge role here – Djou needs all of the GOP vote (obviously) and if he makes inroads with independents, that could take him over the top. Hannabusa will have to rally all of her troops to win.


Filed under: 2010 • Charles Djou • CNN 100 • Hawaii
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Puzzled European

    And then what?
    Americans never seize to amaze. They would rather chop their own noses off to spite the other fellow. Palin? O'donnell?
    Angle? Republicans again? You have got to be kidding. Voting mere zealots into office as if its not going to effect you at all. Funny Americans.

    October 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    Where are the NUMBERS CNN??? You always show POLL NUMBERS but why Not now????? You also FAILED to mention that the ONLY reason why the RepubliCAN'T won the seat in the first place is because TWO DEMOCRATS were running against him and it SPLIT the VOTE!!!

    Here we go again – CNN playing into the so-called RIGHT ENTHUSIAM that exceeds the LEFT!!!

    DEMOCRATS in HI – Don’t believe the HYPE or the so-called ENTHUSIAM coming from the RIGHT – brought to you by CNN!! Keep the BASE UNITED so we can win in November 2010!!!

    This is T’SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Nate

    To suggest that Charles Djou overcame the impossible by winning the special election is simply absurd. There were two popoular democratic contenders (Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa) that split the democratic vote. If the democratic vote had not been split, either Colleen or Ed would be representing Hawaii's first congressional district. The GOP, at best, has an outside chance of winning the congressional election in November.

    October 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    As a Moderate, and speaking only for myself, I kind of have to let all you Progressives and GOPer/TeaPers know that I am totally turned off by all the inter-party demands being made during this election cycle. While I most certainly would never vote GOPer again, I feel very strongly that unless the Democrats pull together and get it done during THIS election cycle, I might not support the Democratic party again after this election either. The Democrats do have my vote this year, but next year isn't looking too bright, all things considered. I realize a great deal of what is happening now is Rove doing what Rove does best - don't think I am naive not to understand his agenda. But the lack of Progressive support for President Obama is glaringly obvious. Do remember: He didn't get elected to serve only onto you or your demands. His job is to keep this country afloat during the worst recession in our history. He and his policies did stop a depression. For that I am grateful. During what has been an economical disaster, the support for this president has suffered to too many demands and not enough unity. I do NOT fault Obama. I fault those most responsible: On a national level, it is the GOPers/TeaPers, AND the Progressives equally who have stymied economic growth by allowing personal demands and prejudices get in the way of progress. Don't talk about helping *the little people* if, in fact, we are being used for propaganda to serve your own causes. It won't work. It never has.

    October 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |