I will actually be rather surprised if a Djou/Conservative win even shows up on the Drudge Report as it appears both major parties are trying to keep this one on the down low. The DCCC has even decided to throw in the towel and not ‘invest’ anymore resources into squabbling, greedy dems.
Djou leads with 39.5 percent of the vote, followed by former Congressman Ed Case and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who are tied at 25.5 percent, according to the poll by Aloha Vote, a Hawaii subsidiary of Merriman River Group (MRG), a Massachusetts research organization. Nearly 10 percent are undecided.
“He’s got it all but wrapped up,” Matt Fitch, executive director of Merriman River Group, said of Djou’s chances in the May 22 special election. “The only thing in question is who finishes second.”
More than half the respondents â€” 52.6 percent â€” had already voted. And of that group, Djou got 45 percent of the vote, one reason it’s so difficult to imagine trends changing in any significant way between now and May 22.
(H/T Hawaii Free Press)
If Charles Djou wins a long-time dem held seat, you won’t be hearing any “Djou heard round the world” statements from the MSM. What you will be hearing is the following tale of an internal struggle inside the Democratic Party. You won’t be hearing about residents awakening to the level of taxation and interference from state and federal agencies. You won’t be given the opportunity to understand the enormity of the shift happening in a state that has been a nanny state since it’s inception fifty years ago. You’ll just be hearing about Elena Kagan’s partner preference, the Times Square Bomber and whatever else the WH can throw up against the wall to grab your attention.
Charles Djou will be breaking a five decade dem stranglehold on this state with the blessing of a population that is starting to awaken to the slave role they have been placed in by their ‘uncs’ Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, and their auntie Mazie Hirono.
Though the MSM and the Democratic Party want to blame the true beginning of the conservative shift towards smaller government on dems feuding amongst themselves, don’t be fooled. Scott Brown was the only type of republican that could actually be elected to Dead Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts with so many average Americans losing their wealth through current Dem policies. Rest assured, Scott Brown is a progressive liberal republican as Charles Djou is not. In the likelyhood that the voters elect Charles to Neil Abercrombie’s forfeited seat, you probably won’t be hearing about all those residents in district 1 who are now becoming more and more fed up with the federal government’s spendy ways. You also won’t be hearing about how Charles Djou is the only candidate of the top three that lives in District 1.
HONOLULU — Across the country, Democrats are on the defense, laboring to put out political fires sparked by angry voters and emboldened Republicans. Even Hawaii, the bluest of blue states, where a Democratic machine has controlled politics for the five decades since statehood, has become a dangerous hot spot for the party in power.
But here’s the catch: The Democrats started this fire themselves.
Democrats here might lose a House seat in a special election this month because of a feud between two candidates that has inflamed tensions within Hawaii’s ethnic voting blocs and between the state’s Democratic establishment and the party’s national leaders.
The result could be a victory by plurality for the GOP candidate. That would upend Hawaii’s political order and, like the recent Senate race in Massachusetts, simultaneously hand Republicans a compelling narrative of Democratic defeat — this time in President Obama‘s birthplace.
“It’s a nightmare for Democrats,” said Dan Boylan, a University of Hawaii history professor.
There is no primary to replace Neil Abercrombie, a 10-term congressman who resigned to run for governor. So the race in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District will be decided in a winner-takes-all election on May 22.
For weeks, the two leading Democrats — state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and former congressman Ed Case — were locked in a dead heat with Republican Charles Djou, but a new poll shows Djou pulling ahead in the 14-candidate contest. He led with 36 percent of likely voters in a Honolulu Advertiser poll released last Sunday, followed by Case at 28 percent and Hanabusa at 22 percent.
UPDATE: From Politico
In a staring contest with Sen. Daniel Inouye over the high-stakes May 22 Hawaii special election, national Democrats blinked first and bowed to the wishes of the Aloha State political titan.
As a consequence, some Democrats say, it could cost the party a House seat next week.
Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou appears poised to capture the heavily Democratic 1st District next week as a result of a three-way contest in which a split Democratic vote is making it increasingly unlikely that either former Rep. Ed Case or state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa can win enough votes to capture the seat.
At the heart of the Democratic predicament is the role played by Inouye, a veteran of nearly a half-century in the Senate and the undisputed heavyweight champion of Hawaii politics.
Inouye’s outspoken and unflinching support of Hanabusa, even as Washington wanted to throw its weight behind the better-known Case in an effort to concentrate the Democratic vote behind a single candidate, has led national party officials to retreat from the contest and leave it to chance.