HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Political candidates often say that the only poll that counts is the one on election day. Nowhere is that more true than in the race for the First Congressional District between Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa.
With less than 48 hours before the polls open, Republican incumbent Djou started Sunday visiting the Splendor of China exhibit at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, shaking hands, signing autographs, and trying to meet as many voters as possible.
"It's not about partisanship," Djou said. "It really comes down to whether or not the American people and the people of Hawaii want more of the same or want to change Congress."
Meantime, challenger Colleen Hanabusa was on a Democratic Party trolley tour of Oahu, which made a stop at a campaign rally at Kalihi Waena Elementary School.
"It's a difficult election because so much is at stake for both parties," said Hanabusa. "And that's why you see the amount of mainland monies coming in, and the degree of negative advertising that we have seen."
Djou also pointed to the negative ads as a reason why this race has been especially difficult.
"The single hardest aspect about running for the United States Congress has been sitting down with my children and explaining to them what these ads mean, trying to explain to them what their dad is. And all of this is misrepresenting the facts," Djou said.
"I've had people come up to me and tell me that they don't like the negative ads, and most people are throwing them away," Hanabusa said. "They're not even watching them any more on TV, and they're also ripping them up. That's what they tell me."
Both candidates said they feel good about election day, and are hopeful for victory in a race that's too close to call.
"This is about how we define ourselves and how we define the Hawaii we want in the future, so the most important thing is for people to come out and vote," said Hanabusa.
"I'm looking forward as much as the rest of the people are for this race to be over, and really looking forward to the judgment of the people on November second," Djou said.