The Hill: Yes, Hawaii could field a competitive general election race in 2010. With a likely open seat left by the expected gubernatorial candidacy of Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D), national Republicans are high on Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R), who has been running for the seat for more than a year already.
With Democrats likely to slug it out in a primary that could feature double-digit candidates, Djou could be a well-funded sleeper. Keep in mind: This seat voted just 53-47 for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004, and the heavily Democratic state has shown a willingness to vote Republican (read: two-term GOP Gov. Linda Lingle). 2008 result: Abercrombie 71, Steve Tataii (R) 17