INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Party of One
Since statehood, Hawai‘i Republicans have won major races, though the victories have been few and far between. In 58 years, there have been two governors, one U.S. Senator and two U.S. Representatives. Democrats have clearly dominated, but Republicans kept it competitive, at least in certain elections for specific races – until now.
Currently, the State Legislature is made up of 70 Democrats and six Republicans, with one Republican seriously considering switching parties. Nationally, the majority of governors are Republican, the GOP has momentum across the country and Republicans are in charge in Washington, D.C.
Why does our local Republican Party seem to be disappearing? Have Hawai‘i politics become a “Party of One”?
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