Roll Call reports that a new Democratic Party poll shows its nominee in Hawaii’s open U.S. House of Representatives contest has a 7-point lead over the Republican.

“State Rep. Mark Takai, a Democrat, led former Republican Rep. Charles Djou, 49 percent to 42 percent, according to the survey, which was conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and obtained by CQ Roll Call,” Roll Call said today.

It ads, “Public polling has shown a closer race, either a dead heat (today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser) or with Djou slightly leading Takai (Civil Beat’s Sept. 24 poll). Both are seeking to succeed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat who lost the primary for Senate earlier this year.”

The DCCC poll also showed President Barack Obama with an approval rating of 60 percent, much higher than the national average.

The poll surveyed 400 likely voters via live telephone calls Oct. 20-21 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

Djou Takai

State Rep. Mark Takai, left, is running against former lawmaker Charles Djou in the 1st Congressional District race.

Civil Beat composite


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