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  • Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Gabbard Cruises to Re-election

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was sailing smoothly into a second two-year term Tuesday night, leading Republican Kawika Crowley in the race to represent rural Oahu and the neighbor islands in the U.S. House.

    Gabbard had 76 percent of the vote, to 18 percent for Crowley, according to early returns. Libertarian Joe Kent had 2 percent.

    Gabbard, a 33-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party, hardly had to campaign this election after running unopposed in the Aug. 9 primary.

    Tuesday marks the second time Gabbard has defeated Crowley, a 63-year-old professional handyman and advertising consultant.

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and state Rep. Mark Takai, left, are seen in this photo from a 2013 National Guard event.

    Jeff Cox/NGAUS

    In Gabbard’s first shot at a congressional seat in 2012, she blew past former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary and then beat Crowley in the general, winning 77 percent of the vote.

    This election season she’s spent more time helping others and presumably laying the groundwork for future elections, although it’s uncertain what position she might seek. There’s been speculation that Gabbard might run for the Senate.

    Gabbard and her political action committee have spent thousands of dollars helping fellow Democrats in Hawaii and on the mainland.

    The day after state Rep. Mark Takai beat six other candidates in the primary for the 1st Congressional District seat, Gabbard’s PAC gave his campaign $2,600. He was tied in the polls with Republican Charles Djou

  • Hawaii Congressional Districts: Takai Triumphs

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Voters have given state Rep. Mark Takai the nod over Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and five other candidates vying for the Democratic slot in the 1st Congressional District race.

    With most precincts reporting by early Sunday morning, Takai was the winner with 43 percent of the vote, 52,719 people casting their ballots for him. Kim had 27 percent, followed by Honolulu City Council members Stanley Chang at 10 percent, Ikaika Anderson at 6 percent and Joey Manahan at 4 percent. State Sen. Will Espero had 4 percent and human rights advocate Kathryn Xian had 3 percent.

    Takai will face Republican Charles Djou in the Nov. 4 general election. Djou easily defeated Allan Levene with 91 percent of the vote.

    State Rep. Mark Takai smiles during an interview with KITV after early election results showed him with a huge lead, Saturday, at Ferguson’s Pub in downtown Honolulu.

    Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

    The crowd at Kim’s campaign headquarters at Ward Plaza was subdued after early election results were announced. A few dozen supporters had been all smiles, waving their blue “Donna Mercado Kim” signs for live TV news reports. But it was more about the great spread of local food after seeing her down 18 percent early in the evening.

    Takai’s election-night headquarters in the courtyard at Ferguson’s Pub was packed most of the night. Several dozen supporters wore their white campaign T-shirts and carried matching signs, cheering when he made appearances with his family.

    Just before 10 p.m., Takai walked with his family down a tunnel of

  • A Tale of Two Hawaiis

    · By Chad Blair

    A new Census Bureau web app presents intriguing demographic data on all 435 congressional districts.

  • Want To Run For Congress? Political Insiders Only, Please

    · By Chad Blair

    Electoral history shows that people who have never held office don’t usually get to Washington.

  • Will A New Federal Shield Law Replace The Soon-To-Be-Dead Hawaii Law?

    · By Nathan Eagle

    U.S. senator to reintroduce bill to establish federal law protecting journalists from revealing sources.

  • Civil Beat Poll – Hanabusa Expands Lead Over Djou In Race for Congress

    · By Michael Levine

    Democrats likely to continue representing Hawaii in House.

  • Civil Beat Poll – Dems Lead Congress Races

    · By Michael Levine

    Gabbard cruising past Crowley; Hanabusa leading Djou.

  • Lingle: Hirono Missed 127 Votes In Congress This Year

    · By Alia Wong

    Hawaii congresswoman missed 23 percent of votes so far this year.

  • Gabbard Completes Upset By Crushing Hannemann

    · By Michael Levine

    Honolulu Council newcomer wins Democratic nomination for Congress.

  • Déjà Vu As Gabbard, Hannemann Fight for Senators’ Support

    · By Michael Levine

    Campaign ads for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District imply endorsement by Akaka, Inouye.

  • Civil Beat Poll – Tulsi Leaves Mufi In Her Dust

    · By Michael Levine

    UPDATED Surprising 49-29 lead in race to represent Hawaii in Congress.

  • Trailing Gabbard, Hannemann Gives Campaign $150K

    · By Michael Levine

    Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District campaign coming down to the wire.