HONOLULU -- Republican Charles Djou has won a Democratic-held House seat in Hawaii in the district where President Barack Obama grew up.
The special election is the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress.
Djou's victory was also a blow to Obama and other Democrats who could not rally around a candidate and find away to win a congressional race that should have been a cakewalk.
The seat had been held by a Democrat for nearly 20 years and is located in the district where Obama was born and spent most of his childhood.
Djou received 67,274 votes, or 39.5 percent. He was followed by state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa and former U.S. Rep. Ed Case -- both Democrats.
Republicans see the victory as a powerful statement about their momentum heading into November.
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