Hawaii's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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Hawaii's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 11, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Colleen Hanabusa Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Colleen Hanabusa Democratic Party
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Hawaii U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Hawaii held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Colleen Hanabusa won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 5, 2012
August 11, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Hawaii uses an open primary system.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by July 12. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 8.[2]

See also: Hawaii elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Colleen Hanabusa (D), who was first elected in 2010. In 2012, she won re-election.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Hawaii's 1st Congressional District is located in southern Oahu and includes the capital of Honolulu.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Colleen HanabusaGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Charles Djou

August 11, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Hanabusa Incumbent 53.5% 116,505
     Republican Charles Djou 44.5% 96,824
     n/a Blank Votes 2.1% 4,467
Total Votes 217,796
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Djou 95.7% 25,984
Charles Amsterdam 2.9% 799
John Giuffre 1.4% 376
Total Votes 27,159
U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Hanabusa Incumbent 84.1% 92,136
Roy Wyttenbach II 15.9% 17,369
Total Votes 109,505

Race background

Running in the 1st District was incumbent Colleen Hanabusa, who in 2010 ousted Republican Representative Charles Djou who had won earlier in 2010 through a special election created by the advancement of Neil Abercrombie from the 1st District seat to the Governor position.[8] Hanabusa defeated challenger Roy F. Wyttenbach II in the Democratic primary. Djou defeated Charles Amsterdam and John Giuffre for the Republican nomination. This set the stage for a rematch of the 2010 race, in which Hanabusa was once again the winner.[8]

Impact of redistricting

The 1st Congressional District of Hawaii, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.
See also: Redistricting in Hawaii

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Hawaii's 1st District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 67D / 33R
  • 2010: 67D / 33R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Hawaii's 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+11, which is the 98th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 71-29 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 52-48 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Colleen Hanabusa won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Charles Djou (R) in the general election.[11] Hanabusa won by more than 10,000 votes.[12]

Shortly before the election, a Hanabusa spokesperson submitted an objection to a GOP ad, calling it a "lie."[13]

United States House of Representatives, Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Hanabusa 53.2% 94,140
     Republican Charles Djou 46.8% 82,723
Total Votes 176,863

See also

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