Democratic and Republican leaders are preparing for a rematch for a Hawaii congressional seat this fall after a GOP candidate won a special election in President Barack Obama’s native state Saturday.
Charles Djou, a Honolulu city councilman, won the race with 39% of the vote to become the first Republican to represent Hawaii in Washington in 20 years. Trailing him were two Democrats: state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, with 31%, and former Congressman Ed Case, with 28%.
Mr. Djou will fill the seat held by Neil Abercrombie, who resigned this year to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. The Republican must defend his seat in a regular election in November.
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