Former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is poised to reclaim Congressional District 1.
It’s a seat she held from 2011-2014.
After the second printout, she maintains a strong lead over three opponents with 87,487 votes or 73.39%.
“I think it’s a great statement, and it really is a thanks to all the volunteers, but it’s bittersweet, because it is a function of the fact that Mark Takai left us much too early and we can’t forget that,” Hanabusa said. “But it’s nice that the people of the City and County of Honolulu believe that I should return to represent them in Congressional District 1.”
She also leads the special election, a race to fill the seat vacated by the late Rep. Mark Takai, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. His term ends in January.
In that race, she has 78,703 votes or 67.22% over nine opponents.
“People were absolutely confused because everyone’s been told you do not vote twice, and we were going around telling people, ‘You have to vote twice. If you didn’t vote for me twice, you didn’t vote the ballot correctly.’ I think it really was confusing and I think it was worse that there wasn’t an explanation. I understand it was probably an effort to save money, but we have to always recognize that the most important thing is that people exercise their Constitutional right to vote and government shouldn’t interfere with that right.”
Second in both races is Shirlene DelaCruz Ostrov.