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Abercrombie spent $4 million on election

Campaign reports also say Hanabusa's win cost her $1.19 million

By Derrick DePledge


Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie spent more than $4.1 million -- or about $18.53 per vote -- in his successful campaign for governor, while Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona spent more than $3.4 million -- or about $22.16 per vote.

Campaign finance reports filed yesterday with the state Campaign Spending Commission show that Abercrombie, a Democrat, had more financial resources and spent more than Aiona, a Republican, in the final two weeks before the Nov. 2 election.

Abercrombie spent $666,218 in the final two weeks, while Aiona spent $420,220.

Overall, Abercrombie raised more than $4.5 million for his campaign. Aiona raised $3.6 million, including $196,063 he transferred from his previous campaign for lieutenant governor.

Abercrombie was in Washington, D.C., yesterday for a meeting between new governors and President Barack Obama and did not issue a statement on the campaign finance figures. A former aide to Aiona was not immediately available to comment.

Abercrombie beat Aiona 58 percent to 41 percent in the general election.

In the campaign for Congress in urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District, Colleen Hanabusa and Charles Djou each spent more than $1 million in a race that attracted national attention.

Hanabusa, a former state Senate president, raised and spent $1.19 million and finished with $12,000 in campaign debt. Her spending equated to about $12.74 per vote.

Djou, the Republican incumbent who has held the seat since winning a special election in May, raised $1.4 million for the election cycle. He spent $1.28 million and has no campaign debt. His spending equated to about $15.42 per vote.

Final campaign spending reports were filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission.

Djou is in Washington, D.C., finishing up a lame-duck session of Congress, while Hanabusa is at Harvard University in Massachusetts with other incoming congressional freshmen for orientation and training sessions.

Hanabusa beat Djou 50 percent to 44 percent.

While both candidates proved to be adept fundraisers, the campaign was mostly noted for the amount of money spent by outside political interest groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which spent $1.3 million on ads to oppose Djou.

Republican interest groups, including GOP strategist Karl Rove's American Crossroads, spent about $520,000 against Hanabusa.

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