Hawaii: After Djou’s Victory, Rivals Look to Primary

Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:27pm

Rep.-elect Charles Djou (R) is headed to Washington this week to be sworn into office, while the two Democrats he defeated in the special House election turn their attention back to each other.

Second-place finisher Colleen Hanabusa and the voters’ No. 3 choice, Ed Case, both said they intend to keep running for the seat vacated by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D). Both think their chance of victory in the Democratic-leaning district will be greater when only one Democrat and one Republican square off in November.

Djou, who won with 40 percent of the vote, said, “I still realize, looking into the November election, I’m still the underdog, and I still have to prove to the people of Hawaii that this trust they have granted to me is deserved.”