2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii
The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's two congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election for the United States Senate. Primary elections were held on August 11, 2012.
Both Hawaii seats to the United States House of Representatives
|United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2012|
|Party||Votes||Percentage||Seats Before||Seats After||+/–|
Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, who was first elected to represent the 1st district in 2010, successfully ran for re-election. Roy Wyttenbach II unsuccessfully challenged Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.
Former U.S. Representative Charles Djou, who represented the 1st district from May 2010 until January 2011, sought and received the Republican nomination to challenge Hanabusa again. He defeated C. Kaui Amsterdam and John Giuffre in the Republican primary.
|Democratic||Colleen Hanabusa (incumbent)||92,136||84.1|
|Democratic||Roy Wyttenbach II||17,369||15.9|
|Republican||C. Kaui Amsterdam||799||2.9|
|Democratic||Colleen Hanabusa (incumbent)||116,505||54.6|
Gabbard received endorsements from the Sierra Club, Women Under Forty PAC, Emily's List, and MauiTime. Hannemann and Gabbard also differed on the issue of same-sex marriage. Gabbard was opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act and to a proposed Hawaii state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a woman and a man, while Hannemann supported DOMA. Gabbard had previously opposed same-sex marriage, but during the primary campaign, promised to work to repeal DOMA and co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage act. Voters initially doubted the sincerity of her new views on the issue.
Gabbard filed a 270-page complaint against Hannemann's spending, saying that his campaign broke campaign finance laws by failing to report 2012 travel and polling expenses and improperly dealt with Hanneman's salary from a tourism association.
Gabbard's ratings in the polls increased steadily and Hannemann's dropped throughout the primary campaign,; as of August 6, she was leading against Hanneman 49% to 29%. On August 11, she defeated Hanneman by twenty points, winning the primary. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser described her win as the "improbable rise from a distant underdog to victory". Gabbard credited grassroots support as the reason for her come-from-behind win in the primary. She decided to resign her seat on the City Council, stating that she wanted to prevent the cost of a separate special election, and resigned on August 16.
- Rafael "Del" del Castillo, attorney and patients' rights advocate
- Tulsi Gabbard, Honolulu City Councilmember
- Mufi Hannemann, former Mayor of Honolulu
- Esther Kia'aina, chief advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
- Bob Marx, attorney
- Miles Shiratori, financial advisor
|Democratic||Rafael del Castillo||520||0.4|
- Kawika Crowley, handyman
- Matthew DiGeronimo, entrepreneur, motivational and business speaker, radio talk show host and former Navy officer
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- Tulsi Gabbard
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- Hawaii Congressional District 2 Debate on June 5, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
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- "Hilo attorney Marx announces U.S. House candidacy". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
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- Joseph, Cameron (August 30, 2011). "Former Honolulu Mayor Hannemann to run for House". Ballot Box. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
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- "Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief advocate announces candidacy for 2nd Congressional District". Daily Reporter. August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011.[permanent dead link]
- Pang, Gordon Y.K. (August 11, 2012). "Gabbard upsets Hannemann". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Sakahara, Tim (August 23, 2012). "Handyman hopes to go from homeless to Congress". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Gracia, Daniel (July 10, 2012). "Hawaii's Matt DiGeronimo: Congressional candidate and a real American hero". The Washington Times.
- State of Hawaii, Office of Elections official site
- United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii, 2012 at Ballotpedia
- Hawaii U.S. House at OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in Hawaii at OpenSecrets.org
- Outside spending at the Sunlight Foundation