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Janice Hahn takes early lead in 36th Congressional District race

July 12, 2011 |  9:03 pm

Democrat Janice Hahn took an early lead over Republican Craig Huey as elections officials released the first tally of votes from Tuesday's special election for the 36th Congressional District.

With mostly mail-in ballots counted, Hahn led Huey 21,365 votes to 18,025, or 54.24% to 45.76%.

Both sides worked hard to get their voters out in what was expected to be a low-turnout election to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), who resigned in February.  Democrats hold an 18-point registration edge over Republicans in the South Bay-based district but Huey mounted a well-financed challenge and the race was perceived as tightening up in the last few weeks.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office will post updates Tuesday night as more ballots are counted.  Go to lavote.net for updates.


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-- Jean Merl

Photo: Competing election signs crowd fences and posts in Torrance. Credit: Reuters