The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee effectively knew the party had no chance of winning the Hawaii special election when it withdrew from the race.
The vote is being conducted entirely through mail-in ballots. The day the DCCC announced it was pulling out of the state, the Hawaii Office of Elections said an estimated 90,000 ballots of the 317,337 mailed out had been received.
That means voter turnout is now at slightly more than 28 percent, and because it’s a special election it’s not expected to climb much higher.
The turnout figure, combined with public polling of the three-way race and the winner-take-all election format, meant the Democrats knew they effectively had no chance of defeating Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R).
“This election is pretty much over,” Djou told The Hill.
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The DCCC, which had spent more than $300,000 on the race, declined to comment further than its Monday statement, where the party said it was withdrawing because “local Democrats were unable to work out their differences.”
Thursday, May 13, 2010
. . . Meaning that Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) pretty much has the election in the bag.