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Hanabusa beats Djou in U.S. House race

By Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 11:20 p.m. HST, Nov 6, 2012

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa beat former Congressman Charles Djou decisively in the fight for Hawaii’s Congressional District 1 seat tonight.  

Hanabusa was ahead of longtime foe Djou by nearly 19,000 votes, or about 9 percentage points, after three printouts.

Djou conceded and offered his congratulations to Hanabusa at about 10 p.m. just after the third printout.

The contest was a rematch of the 2010 general election that first sent Hanabusa, a Democrat, to Capitol Hill representing a district comprised largely of urban Oahu. The former state senator beat Djou, a Republican, by 6 points in that election. Djou was the incumbent in that race, having won a special election in May 2010 to replace Neil Abercrombie in a three-way race where Hanabusa and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case split the Democratic vote.

Meanwhile, former City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard won an easy victory over little-known Republican Kawika Crowley tonight to take the U.S. House seat for Congressional District 2.

The victory was widely expected after Gabbard’s surprise Democratic primary victory over former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in August.

After three printouts, Gabbard had an insurmountable lead of nearly 60 percentage points over Crowley.

Crowley, a homeless man who lives in a van on Oahu’s Windward side, did not have the backing of Hawaii GOP party and did little campaigning or fundraising.

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