Star BulletinDjou wins U.S. House seat
The GOP trumpets a victory on Obama's home turf, while Dems promise to regroup
By B.J. Reyes
The celebration at Hawaii Republican Party headquarters was barely 15 minutes old as Charles Djou, the GOP's newest darling, had already moved past the historic victory and turned his sights toward the general election in November.
"I know there are going to be pundits out there who are going to try to minimize the significance of tonight's election," Djou told a crowd of jubilant supporters after winning the special election to fill the vacancy in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.
"These pundits are going to say the only reason this evening occurred is because of unique political circumstances," he added. "These pundits are going to tell you to ignore the results of what happened here tonight. We're here to tell them they are wrong."
Djou won with close to 40 percent of the vote in the mail-in special election, beating Democrats Colleen Hanabusa, with 31 percent, and Ed Case, 28 percent.
He now will head to Washington to take over Office 1502 in the Longworth Building, once occupied by Democrat Neil Abercrombie. The last of Abercrombie's staff packed up last week.