2016 Hawaii's 1st congressional district special election

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Hawaii's 1st congressional district special election, 2016

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  Colleen Hanabusa official photo.jpg Shirl Ostrov Cropped.jpg
Candidate Colleen Hanabusa Shirl D. Ostrov
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 129,083 44,090
Percentage 60.45% 20.65%

Representative before election

Mark Takai

Elected Representative

Colleen Hanabusa

U.S. Representative Mark Takai, who represented Hawaii's 1st congressional district, died July 20, 2016.[1] A special election was held November 8, 2016.[2] In special elections in Hawaii, all candidates run on one ballot with the highest vote recipient winning regardless of percentage. This is what allowed Charles Djou, a Republican, to win the 2010 special election for this district with 39.4% of the vote when two Democrats took 58.4% of the vote combined. However this special election is held concurrently with the 2016 general election.


Candidate filing took place from August 15 to August 25.[2]


Democratic Party

Republican Party


Hawaii's 1st Congressional District (Vacancy)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colleen Hanabusa 129,083 60.45
Republican Shirlene D. (Shirl) Ostrov 44,090 20.65
Democratic Angela Aulani Kaaihue 5,885 2.76
Libertarian Alan J.K. Yim 5,559 2.60
Democratic Kim Howard 4,259 1.99
Democratic Peter Cross 3,420 1.60
Independent Calvin Griffin 2,824 1.32
Democratic Javier Ocasio 1,893 0.89
Independent Yvonne Perry 1,050 0.49
Independent Peter H. Plotzeneder 328 0.15
Blank votes 14,864 6.96
Over votes 276 0.14
Total votes 213,531 100

See also


  1. ^ Blair, Chad (July 20, 2016). "Tributes Pour In After Death of Congressman Mark Takai". Honolulu Civil Beat. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Dayton, Kevin (August 3, 2016). "Special-election winner will finish Takai's term". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Candidates begin to file for District 1 special election". KHON-TV. August 15, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.

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