1st Congressional Race Has National Implications

Courtesy, Djou/Hanabusa campaigns

Across the country, Democrats and Republicans are fighting for control of Congress.

Democrats hold a 255-178 lead in the House of Representatives. With all 435 seats up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election, Republicans are hoping to take back the lower chamber and install John Boehner as speaker in Nancy Pelosi's stead. They're banking on an anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat wave sweeping across the continental U.S.

But Democrats are betting that wave won't reach Hawaii's shores. If Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa is able to knock off new GOP Congressman Charles Djou, it would be a victory that might help Democrats hang on to their power.

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