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October 25, 2010

Hawaii 1- Can Djou Keep The Seat? Yes, Yes He Can

HI-1 is one of the bluest of the blue, it's Obama's home district. There's a Republican in the seat now but he got their in a crazy 3 way race, where two Democrats split the vote during a special election earlier this year.

It was pretty much assumed that when the Democrats got behind one candidate in November, they would take it back. Well, maybe not. Behold, Congressman Charles Djou

According to a new Star-Advertiser/Hawaii News Now poll, Djou holds a slight 3-point edge over Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, but it is within the margin of error -- a statistical tie.

In a telephone poll of 399 very likely voters in the 1st Congressional District, representing urban Honolulu, Djou was favored by 48 percent, compared with 45 percent for Hanabusa.

Six percent said they were undecided or refused to answer; 1 percent said they would choose someone else.

The poll was conducted by Ward Research Inc. Oct. 12 to last Tuesday and has a 4.9 percent-point margin of error.

Here's more about Djou from his website.

Congressman Djou previously served on the Honolulu City Council and in the Hawaii State House, where he was Minority Floor Leader. He also served as Vice Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party.

A child of immigrants, Congressman Djou’s parents emigrated from China and Thailand. The Congressman grew up in Hawaii. He graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of Pennsylvania earning degrees in Political Science and Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. He received his juris doctor from the University of Southern California Law School.

The Congressman has been an active member of the community in Honolulu. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association and the Neighborhood Board for his area. He is a member of the Kamehameha Lions Club and has been a member of the Young Business Roundtable, the Rotary Club, and the Hawaii Telecommunications Association.

Consider this my official announcement that I volunteer to fly out and cover this race on election night. We have the money in the budget for that, right?

Thanks to NavyCopJoe for the heads up on the race.

In Case You Missed It Earlier: There's a Ruth McClung money bomb going on and we have a recap of the races we've been following.

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