National Democrats Pull Out Of Hawaii After Civil Beat Poll

Charles Djou

Five hours after Civil Beat went live with its poll showing that Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou will be heading to Washington as the victor in the May 22 special election, Politico reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had had enough in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.

"The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election. Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences," DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said in a statement. "The DCCC will save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November."

Our poll, conducted by Merriman River Group, showed that former Congressman Ed Case and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa are tied at 25.5 percent, while Djou leads with 39.5 percent.

The DCCC must have been seeing roughly the same numbers. But it also knows that the picture should be different when November rolls around. The Democratic primary in September could very well decide the next person to serve a two-year term in Congress.

The DCCC had spent over $243,000 on TV ads blasting Djou, Politico reported. The political Web site said the DCCC stopped airing ads for the May 22 contest on Sunday.

Did the DCCC waste its money on the race and who's to blame for that?

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