Skip to content

Hawaii’s Odd Special Election History

By their very name, special elections are unusual occurrences. But to Hawaii voters they’re not all that uncommon.

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), who announced Friday that he’s resigning early to concentrate on his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, initially came to the House by way of a 1986 special election that produced a bizarre outcome.

Then-Rep. Cecil Heftel (D) resigned his 1st district House seat in mid-July to run for governor, as Hawaii law then required. That spawned a special election on the same date as the regular September primary.

Recent Stories

Critical spending decisions await Tuesday White House meeting

Alabama showdown looms between Carl and Moore

Supreme Court grapples with state social media content laws

Data suggests Biden or Trump may struggle with Congress in second term

State of suspension: Lawmakers gripe about fast-tracked bills under Johnson

Health package talks break down amid broader spending feud