An upset in Barack Obama's home congressional district? 

Republican blogger Patrick Ruffini, who was one of the first, on December 30, to call for Republicans to seriously contest the Massachusetts Senate seat in the January 19 special election, is now calling for Republicans to back Charles Djou in the special election in Hawaii’s 1st congressional district. The seat is vacant because incumbent Democrat Neil Abercrombie resigned to run for governor (reasonably: it’s hard to campaign intensively when you’re 5,000 miles away in Washington). As Ruffini points out, under Hawaii law this is an all-party contest in which the leading candidate is elected, and there are at least two Democrats with serious backing running, with the possibility of a third entering the race, while Djou, who has been elected as a Republican to the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Honolulu City Council, as the only serious Republican. Barack Obama carried the district 70%-28%, but in 2004 it voted for John Kerry by only a 53%-47% margin.

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