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    Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    -- Republicans scored a midterm election victory Saturday when Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou won a Democratic-held House seat in Hawaii in the district where President Obama grew up -- the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress.

    Djou's victory was a blow to Obama and other Democrats who could not rally around a candidate and find away to win a congressional race that should have been a cakewalk. The seat had been held by a Democrat for nearly 20 years and is located in the district where Obama was born and spent most of his childhood.

    "This is a momentous day. We have sent a message to the United States Congress. We have sent a message to the national Democrats. We have sent a message to the machine," Djou said. "The congressional seat is not owned by one political party. This congressional seat is owned by the people."

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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    Eh, a special election six months before an actual election isn't really a good predictor of trends. People can barely be convinced to vote in a mid-term, let alone this.

    The election was being conducted entirely by mail. Eleven other candidates were on the ballot, but none of them had a serious chance of contending.
    ... yeah that probably didn't help things. I wonder what the vote total was.

    edit: here they are!

    (R) DJOU, Charles 67,274 39.5%
    (D) HANABUSA, Colleen 52,445 30.8%
    (D) CASE, Ed 47,012 27.6%
    Yeah 58% voted Dem vs. 40% Rep. Split vote cost the Dems that one. November will in all likelihood turn it back around.
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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    Had no idea we annexed Kenya.
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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    obama won it with 70%

    what happened is---the party wanted case, the "better known"

    but senator inouye produced, propped, propelled ms hanabusa

    case had promised the one armed war hero (inouye) that he (case) would NOT seek the seat, according to the 85 year old solon (inouye)

    case denied he'd said that, called the old man a liar, inouye responded with "i'm rubber, you're glue"

    the party tried for months to get one of the camps to back down but the party proved impotent

    being "better known" became a drawback, like specter, like mollohan, like lincoln, like grayson, like marshall...

    (all these details, i believe, can be found by searchwording "hawaii" on politico, except for marshall/cunningham which comes from rcp)

    inouye bucked the party, inouye refused to submit, inouye is still defiant

    hanabusa won labor and asians (over case)

    dems should take it back in november but party leadership is clearly lame

    it is what it is

    congrats to djou

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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    Quote Originally Posted by Porchev View Post
    -- Republicans scored a midterm election victory Saturday when Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou won a Democratic-held House seat in Hawaii in the district where President Obama grew up -- the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress.

    Djou's victory was a blow to Obama and other Democrats who could not rally around a candidate and find away to win a congressional race that should have been a cakewalk. The seat had been held by a Democrat for nearly 20 years and is located in the district where Obama was born and spent most of his childhood.

    "This is a momentous day. We have sent a message to the United States Congress. We have sent a message to the national Democrats. We have sent a message to the machine," Djou said. "The congressional seat is not owned by one political party. This congressional seat is owned by the people."

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    Unfortunately, for the GOP, this will be but a temporary hold. The reason Djou won the seat is because he was running against 2 Democrats, who split their vote, allowing him to win with less than 40 percent of the vote.

    This will work for now, but Republicans need to win this fall in competitive districts. Hawaii will fall in November, because only one Democrat will be running against Djou.
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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    40% is actually pretty good for a Republican in that district.

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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    40% is actually pretty good for a Republican in that district.
    True - it is, but I have to agree--- Hawaii is way to liberal overall. This is temporary unless something huge happenes between now and voting day. I know of nothing that will turn this into a Scott Brown type situation.
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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    True - it is, but I have to agree--- Hawaii is way to liberal overall. This is temporary unless something huge happenes between now and voting day. I know of nothing that will turn this into a Scott Brown type situation.
    He'd have to get about one third of the votes of whichever Democrat doesn't run next time. Very unlikely, but possible.

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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    True - it is, but I have to agree--- Hawaii is way to liberal overall. This is temporary unless something huge happenes between now and voting day. I know of nothing that will turn this into a Scott Brown type situation.
    Which means that it is OK for Republicans to celebrate this, but they need to get back to reality, and get to work for the fall. There are House races they can win, but it is going to take a lot of elbow grease to do it.
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    Re: Republicans Capture House Seat in Obama's Hometown

    True Hawaii is pretty liberal, but Hawaii's governor is Republican.

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