Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Hawaii Congressional Seats

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November 2, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Hawaii's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 2 1 (Senate)

HONOLULU: Hawaii: Hawaii has one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. In addition it has two U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. One of two house incumbents are seeking re-election.

Currently, the Democratic Party holds both of the two Congressional seats from Hawaii. Neither U.S. House seat is expected to to be competitive in the general election.

In Hawaii, polls are open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Hawaii Time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Hawaii has one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Democratic representative Mazie Hirono faces Republican Linda Lingle, a former Governor of Hawaii. As of October 4th, the Cook Political Report rated the race as Leaning Democratic.[2]

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Hawaii Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Mazie Hirono
Republican Party Linda Lingle
Green Party James Brewer, Jr.
Independent Heath Beasley
Independent Paul Manner
Daniel Akaka Pending Pending

U.S. House

None of Hawaii's two districts are considered to be competitive in 2012 according to the New York Times race ratings.

In Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Colleen Hanabusa faces a challenge from former representative Charles Djou in the general election. Hanabusa ousted Djou from the position in 2010, and the two now face a rematch with reversed roles. Unlike in 2010, the race is not thought to be particularly competitive.

In Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard faces David Crowley (R) in the general election. Gabbard won a tight primary for the open seat. As is the case in the first district, this seat is expected to remain in Democratic hands.

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Hawaii:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Colleen Hanabusa
Republican Party Charles Djou
Colleen Hanabusa Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Tulsi Gabbard
Republican Party David Crowley
Mazie K. Hirono Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Hawaii -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Hawaii.


See also