2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii

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United States House of Representatives District 1

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  Hanabusa 160x240.jpg Charles Djou.jpg
Nominee Colleen Hanabusa Charles Djou
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 94,140 82,723
Percentage 53.23% 46.77%

U.S. Representative before election

Charles Djou

Elected U.S. Representative

Colleen Hanabusa

2010 election results by district

The 2010 congressional elections in Hawaii was held on November 4, 2010 to determine who was to represent the state of Hawaii in the United States House of Representatives for the 112th Congress from January 2011, until their terms of office expire in January 2013.

Hawaii has two seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms. The election coincided with the 2010 gubernatorial election.


United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 226,430 62.88% 2 +1
Republican 129,127 35.86% 0 -1
Libertarian 3,254 0.90% 0
Independents 1,310 0.36% 0
Totals 360,121 100.00% 2

District 1

Hawaiʻi's 1st congressional district


Republican Congressman Charles Djou was first elected in a special election in May 2010, which Republicans heralded as a "significant win" and to which DNC Chairman Tim Kaine responded, "Democrats got 60% of the vote in that race. In the November election, it will be one Democrat against one Republican, and we feel very, very confident about winning that race."[2] In the general election, Hawaii State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, also a candidate in the special election, emerged as the Democratic nominee. Though former Congressman Ed Case, the other Democratic candidate in the special election, was speculated to run again in November, he ultimately decided against it.[3] In the general election, both parties heavily invested in taking the seat, and polls indicated that the race was close up until election day.[4] On election day, however, Hanabusa edged out Djou by a surprising large six point margin of victory and was sent to Congress for her first term.


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Djou (R)
Hanabusa (D)
Other Undecided
Aloha Vote/Merriman River Group October 23, 2010 620 ±3.9% 45.3% 49.5% - -
Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Ward Research Inc. October 12–19, 2010 399 ±4.9% 48% 45% 1% 6%
OnMessage Inc. October 17–18, 2010 -- -- 51% 45% - -
ccAdvertising mid-October, 2010 2,747 ±3% 44% 35% -- --
The Hill/ANGA October 2–7, 2010 406 ±4.9% 45% 41% -- 12%
Global Strategy Group October 4–6, 2010 400 -- 44% 48% -- --
Public Policy Polling October 2–3, 2010 643 ±3.9% 47% 48% -- 5%
Tarrance Group July 26–27, 2010 400 ±4.9% 50% 42% -- --

†Internal poll (Tarrance Group for Djou and Global Strategy Group for Hanabusa)


Hawaii's 1st congressional district election, 2010[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colleen Hanabusa 94,140 53.23
Republican Charles Djou (incumbent) 82,723 46.77
Total votes 176,863 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

District 2

United States House of Representatives District 2

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Nominee Mazie Hirono John Willoughby
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 132,290 46,404
Percentage 74.03% 25.96%

U.S. Representative before election

Mazie Hirono

Elected U.S. Representative

Mazie Hirono

Hawaiʻi's 2nd congressional district


This liberal district that encompasses all of Hawaii but Honolulu, has been represented by Democratic Congresswoman Mazie Hirono since she was first elected in 2006. This year, Congresswoman Hirono faced Republican challenger and Tea Party activist John Willoughby in the general election. Though Willoughby attacked Hirono for refusing to debate, polls indicated that the Congresswoman was a shoo-in for re-election.[4]


Hawaii's 2nd congressional district election, 2010[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mazie Hirono (incumbent) 132,290 72.19
Republican John W. Willoughby 46,404 25.32
Libertarian Pat Brock 3,254 1.78
Independent Andrew Von Sonn 1,310 0.71
Total votes 183,258 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b c Haas, Karen L. (2011). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" (PDF).
  2. ^ Woo, Stu (2010-05-24). "Republican Wins Hawaii Seat". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  3. ^ Miller, Sean (2010-05-30). "Ed Case ends his campaign for Hawaii House seat". TheHill. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  4. ^ a b Sugimoto, Minna (October 25, 2010). "New poll shows Djou, Hanabusa neck & neck in Congressional race". Hawaii News Now.

External links

  • Hawaii Office of Elections
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Hawaii at Project Vote Smart
  • Hawaii U.S. House from OurCampaigns.com
  • Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in Hawaii from OpenSecrets.org
  • 2010 Hawaii General Election graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
  • House - Hawaii from the Cook Political Report
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