HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "The election is pretty much over."
That is the quote that sparked controversy in the special election for Congress. Charles Djou made the comment to a Washington DC reporter on Tuesday, but now says he's been taken out of context.
The special election doesn't look like it's over, with sign waving from all three leading campaigns still going on in force. So with nine days left to submit ballots, why would one of the candidates say it's over?
"I acknowledge that this election might pretty much be over for the 110,000 voters who have already cast their ballots. But I want to emphasize here that there are still tens of thousands of people who have not cast their ballots yet and my campaign is working extra hard to make sure we reach these voters" said Djou.
Djou also said "mathematically it becomes next to impossible for Democrats to win this race unless you stuff the ballot box."
Does Djou think it is mathematically over?
"No I do not. I certainly of course there is a lot of work to do."
"Charles is suffering from premature victory announcement syndrome. this is an affliction that strikes politicians when they feel their campaign is slipping away from them" said Democratic rival Ed Case.
"Everyone knows, Hawaii is different and we can never predict the outcome of an election in Hawaii until its actually done" Colleen Hanabusa, another Democrat in the hunt for the congressional seat.
"Is there anywhere in the back of your mind that thinks this really might be over?"
"Well of course, every single candidate hopes that you always are going to win but I'm not counting my chickens before they're hatched."
So keep the sunscreen handy, there are still nine days of sign waving to go