Last updated 12:15 a.m. Sunday

With nearly all the vote counted in the Democratic and Republican primaries Saturday, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Charles Djou are on track to face each other in November for the third time in 30 months.

They split the previous two matchups, with Djou, a Republican, winning a three-way, mail-only special election to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District in May 2010 and Hanabusa, a Democrat, unseating him in a one-on-one matchup six months later. Now, Hanabusa’s the incumbent for the rubber match after two years in Washington, D.C.

In the Democratic Party primary, Hanabusa secured 76.4 percent of the vote, easily outpacing Roy “Sky” Wyttenbach’s 14.4 percent. On the Republican side, Djou’s won with 89.8 percent of the vote, besting C. Kaui Jochanan Amsterdam (2.8 percent) and John Raghu Giuffre (1.3 percent). Both Amsterdam and Giuffre also ran against Djou in 2010.

The district both Hanabusa and Djou have represented in Congress is commonly referred to as “urban Honolulu.” The Hawaii Reapportionment Commission last year redrew the boundaries based on 2010 Census information, adding Hanabusa’s former home in Ko Olina to the district. It stretches to Mililani in Central Oahu and Makapuu Point in the southeast.

The windward side, North Shore and Waianae Coast where Hanabusa grew up are all outside of the district.

First Term, Fourth Try

Hanabusa’s term in the 112th Congress began in January 2011, when she was a rare freshman Democrat taking office amid a wave of Republicans who had taken back the U.S. House.

Since she got to Washington, Hanabusa has served on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees, which have 63 and 47 members, respectively.

Hanabusa staked out a different approach to defense spending from Hawaii’s other Japanese-American, Buddhist U.S. Rep., Mazie Hirono. A Civil Beat analysis of roll call votes found that Hirono voted against three extensive defense appropriations bills, while Hanabusa voted for them, putting her in the minority of Democrats.

She cited her experience on the Armed Services Committee as the reason for her votes.

Before beating Djou in November 2010, Hanabusa had thrice lost bids for Congress — once in the 2010 special election, when she and Ed Case split the Democratic support, allowing Djou to slip into the seat, and twice in runs for the 2nd Congressional District.

Hanabusa also served as president of the Hawaii Senate, and her main prior professional experience was as a labor attorney.

In an interview with Civil Beat, a speech at the election party for Tulsi Gabbard and in a press release, Hanabusa hit on the same theme: the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney running mate Saturday.

“If there was any doubt that national Republicans want to radically change the America we know and love, today was your answer,” she said in the release.

Back From Deployment

When Djou lost his seat two years ago, he became the first incumbent to ever lose a federal re-election race in Hawaii’s history as a U.S. state.

But he didn’t return to the islands to lick his wounds. When he announced in August 2011 he was running for the seat again, he also announced he would deploy to Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Reserve soldier for six months.

He left shortly thereafter and returned in February.

When in Congress, Djou focused on fiscal conservatism, the same calling card he’d established for himself when a frequent “no” vote on the Honolulu City Council.

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