As we predicted and went into the special election to prove, Rep. Charles Djou, Republican from Hawaii, has a bright future. IWV spent around $250,000 to help Djou in his May special election campaign at a time when he was seen as a long shot. Now, however, Hotline, Washington’s favorite political tout sheet, has Djou ahead in the general election:

Just two-and-a-half months after winning his special election in HI-01, a new poll from Rep. Charles Djou's (R) camp shows he starts the general election in a rather strong position. In the survey, Djou led state Senate Pres. Colleen Hanabusa (D) 50-42%.

What does this show? That a little money, spent wisely and early, can have an enormous impact later. IWV was widely credited with being crucial to Djou’s first victory.