Obama’s childhood home goes for a Republican 

Just call him Congressman.

Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, R, collected about 40 percent of the vote as he defeated two Democrats and won the seat vacated by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D, who is running for governor. This marks Republicans’ first special House election victory since 2001. It also has a symbolic significance, obviously.

Djou won’t have such an easy time winning the seat again in November, when he will have to square off against just one Democrat. But he cannot be counted out entirely.

Another thing: former Rep. Ed Case, D, who once represented Hawaii’s other Congressional District, was the hand-picked candidate of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They spent $314,000 attacking Djou on his behalf, and he came in third with just 28 percent of the vote. In second, with 33 percent, was state Senate president Colleen Hanabusa, D, the favorite candidate of the local unions and Democratic machine.

Djou appears to fear Case more in a fall contest — his late advertising, coming after most of the ballots were mailed, was against Case. It looks like an early shot at a potential November opponent.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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