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Monday, May 10, 2010

Democrats Concede Hawaii To GOP?

Big news for the Hawaii special election is being reported. Does this mean they are conceding, or giving up and assuming the Republican candidate is going to win?

The DCCC is pulling support and their money out of the Hawaii special election.

The Politico:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Monday that it was pulling out of this month’s Hawaii special election race.

“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.”

The DCCC had spent over $243,000 on TV ads blasting Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, but on Thursday DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said the committee was “re-evaluating” whether to continue spending money in the race. The DCCC stopped airing ads for the May 22 contest on Sunday.

Hot Line On Call:

The move comes as polls show Honolulu City Councillor Charles Djou (R) leading 2 other Dems -- ex-Rep. Ed Case (D) and state Senate Pres. Colleen Hanabusa (D) -- in advance of the May 22 special election. The winner of the plurality of votes will fill Abercrombie's seat for the remainder of the term.

Dems had not invested in the race for a week, but the party has spent a total of $314K on ad campaigns attacking Djou's stands on taxes and spending. Pres. Obama recorded a robo-call urging voters to back an unspecified Dem candidate.

DC Dems had quietly worked behind the scenes to boost Case's bid, while the HI Dem establishment was supporting Hanabusa. The DCCC did not overtly say they would back Case, but a DNC-sponsored poll showed Case was the only candidate who could win, and anonymous WH officials took the same view.