Republican Honolulu councilman Charles Djou has won the usually ultra-safe Democratic HI-01 House seat in a special election, thanks to a divided Democratic vote.
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The results: Djou 67,274 votes, 39.5%, Democratic state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa 52,445 votes, 30.8%, and Democratic former Rep. Ed Case 47,012 votes, 27.6%. The big surprise here is not the Dems' loss -- which had been expected, due to the unusual circumstances of the race -- but instead that Case, who had been the unofficial favorite of Washington Democrats, came in third behind Hanabusa, a favorite of organized labor who had consistently polled in third place throughout this campaign.
With this result, don't be surprised if Hanabusa has some momentum going into the September Democratic primary, to pick the nominee to go up against Djou in the regular election in November.