Poll in Hawaii First Congressional District Gives GOP the Edge
by Charles Lemos, Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:07:08 PM EDT
In the race to fill former Congressman Neil Abercrombie who resigned to in order to run for the Governorship of the Aloha state, a new poll from the Honolulu Advertiser finds the GOP candidate Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou leading his two Democratic rivals former Congressman Ed Chase and State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa.
Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou has the advantage in the special election for Congress, a new Hawai'i Poll has found, giving Republicans the best opportunity in two decades to claim the urban Honolulu district.
Djou leads with 36 percent, former congressman Ed Case is chasing at 28 percent, and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa is trailing with 22 percent. Thirteen percent were undecided.
The poll, taken for The Advertiser and Hawai'i News Now, confirms fears among Democrats that Case and Hanabusa could split the Democratic vote in the winner-take-all election and help Djou score a rare Republican upset.
The poll was conducted by Ward Research from April 23 through April 28 among 349 voters who said they were likely to mail back their ballots in the May 22 election. The margin of error was 5.2 percentage points.
The May 22nd election pits the three candidates against one another in a winner take-all format.