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.
“If we keep spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much – if we keep doing the same things, we’re going to get the same dismal results," Djou says. "It’s time to change direction. It’s time to listen [to the American public]."
(Read Djou's full remarks after the jump)
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/30/art.djouhand0630.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Charles Djou was sworn in, in late May. The Republican lawmaker says that he bought an iPad in order to help get up to speed quickly as a new member of Congress."]
Washington (CNN) – Recently elected Republican Rep. Charles Djou made history Wednesday.
"The House Parliamentarian told me that I'm the first Member of Congress to ever use an iPad during a floor speech," Djou tweeted around noon Eastern time.
In late May, Djou won a special election to fill the seat in Hawaii's First Congressional District once held by Democrat Neil Abercrombie.
In a phone interview with CNN, Djou said his long commute home to Hawaii and the fact that he is new to Congress led him to purchase an iPad.
"I never touched the device until a month ago when I became a member of Congress," the Republican said.
Djou explained that the new tablet device allows him to make the most of his 12-hour, one-way commute to Hawaii.