May 23, 2010

House seat in Obama home district goes Republican

From a report in USA Today:

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

Reaction from the left-wing Newsweek editors: “a Republican Wins in Blue Hawaii. So What?” and this, “predictably, the GOP reacted by thumping its chest.” but what else would one expect from Newsweek, the unofficial promotional publication of the Democrat party?

Even though this was a special election and Djou ran in a crowded field getting only 39.4% of the vote, it is a big deal no matter how anyone on the left tries to spin the story. He beat out the Hawaii State Senate President.

Djou received 67,610 votes, or 39.4%. He was trailed by state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat who received 52,802 votes, or 30.8%. The other leading Democrat, former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, received 47,391 votes, or 27.6%.

Back to the USA Today report:

Republicans see the victory as a powerful statement about their momentum heading into November. They already sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts— a place that was once thought to be the most hostile of territories for the GOP.

Now Republicans can say they won a congressional seat in the former backyard of the president and in a state that gave Obama 72% of the vote two years ago.