Saturday, May 22, 2010
Keep an eye on the special election today in Hawaii:
Republicans believe they are on the cusp of taking control of a congressional seat in President Barack Obama's hometown in a special election Saturday that represents the latest battleground in the fight for control of Congress in the midterm races.A Republican winning a House seat in Hawaii is close to being on par with a Republican winning the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts. Since Hawaii became a state in 1959, there has only been one Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii, and that was twenty years ago, in the person of Pat Saiki. From 1959 to 1977, Hiram Fong served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from Hawaii.
Republican Charles Djou is favored to win the seat, and a victory would be an embarrassment to Democrats locally and nationally given that Obama was born in the district and spent most of his childhood here. It also is in a state that gave Obama 72 percent of the vote two years ago and where he remains quite popular.