Hawaii Congressional Districts: Gabbard and Hanabusa Triumph

Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s “it girl,” is heading to Washington D.C.

The 31-year-old rising star of the Democratic Party beat Republican challenger Kawika Crowley by a landslide Tuesday night, gaining 77 percent of the vote, to Crowley's 19 percent, with all precincts reporting.

She told a crowd of cheering supporters at the Democratic campaign headquarters in the Japanese Cultural Center that she was able to pull off what seemed to be the impossible because of them.

"It was because of all of you. It was because of the hard work of our team and the people that I had the great honor and privilege to meet throughout this year," she said.

Gabbard will join fellow Democrat Colleen Hanabusa in the U.S. House of Representatives this January. Hanabusa topped Republican opponent Charles Djou, 54 percent to 44 percent.

“Mahalo very much for everything that you have done,” said Hanabusa during her victory speech. “Mahalo for this great night. And I hope that the one thing we leave here knowing is that this is a great time to be a Democrat.”

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