May 23, 2010


As the San Francisco Chronicle notes though, “Djou will have to run again for a full, two-year term in November’s midterm elections:”

Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, on May 20 predicted his party would probably lose the special election because of a vote split between Case, 57, a former House member, and Hanabusa, 59, president of the Hawaii state Senate. Neither would agree to yield to the other as the campaign progressed and Djou, a member of the Honolulu City Council, took a lead in polls.

Faced with the Case-Hanabusa standoff, Van Hollen’s committee earlier this month ended television commercials it was financing that sought to keep the seat Democratic.

The DCCC spent more than $300,000 trying to prevent a Republican win before terminating the ad campaign, according to Federal Election Commission.

Democrats hope to regroup and regain the seat in November, Van Hollen said in his comments on May 20.

“We’re looking at November in Hawaii,” Van Hollen told reporters in Washington. He said he could “confidently predict” that the district’s Democratic candidate “in November will get a majority of the vote.”

Well of course he would say that. For a look back at some of the the other elections earlier this week, check out the latest edition of PJM Political, online here.

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