Hannemann, Hanabusa lead congressional races in Hawaii Poll

Published: Jul. 30, 2012 at 2:03 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 at 2:21 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With less than two weeks before the primary election, the poll results are in for both congressional districts of the U.S. House.

According to the Hawaii News Now/Honolulu Star Advertiser Hawaii Poll, former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann is still leading the Democratic primary race for the second congressional district with 43 percent.

However, Honolulu city council member Tulsi Gabbard is within striking distance at 33 percent.

Candidates Bob Marx and Esther Kia'aina came in at eight percent and seven percent, respectively.

The margin of error is 5.3 percent.

Gabbard has made significant gains since our last poll in February. Back then, 65 percent of voters said they'd choose Hannemann if the election was held then, while Gabbard picked up 20 percentage points.

Hannemann and Gabbard both said they were pleased with the results.

"We are very gratified and very pleased that the voters in the second congressional district believe in our message; a positive message of sending an experienced leader to Washington, D.C.," Hannemann said. "But we are still gonna campaign all over the islands till the very end."

Gabbard said the results are a sign momentum is moving in her campaign's favor.

"People are looking for that fresh leadership and they understand that this race is a clear choice between the same old, same old politics of insider jobs and sweetheart deals of the past and it is looking towards a fresh positive change for the future," Gabbard said.

In the race for the first congressional district, incumbent Colleen Hanabusa has a slight edge over Republican challenger Charles Djou.

Of those polled, 50 percent said they'd vote for Hanabusa if the general election were held today.

Djou garnered 41 percent in the poll. The margin of error is 5.4 percent.

Back in 2010, Hanabusa unseated Djou after he won a special election to fill the remainder of the term left by now- Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The poll was conducted in July for Hawaii News Now and the Star-Advertiser by Ward Research Inc. among 429 likely voters for the second congressional district poll, and 327 likely voters in the first congressional district poll.

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