|FILE - In this May 12, 2010 file photo, Democratic Los Angeles city councilmember Janice Hahn speaks in downtown Los Angeles. Hahn is the favorite in a California congressional election Tuesday, July 12, 2011, but the likelihood of a meager turnout combined with widespread voter anxiety over the economy could open the way for a tight finish. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)|
Democrat takes early lead in Calif. US House race
LOS ANGELES—Democrat Janice Hahn took an early lead over Republican Craig Huey in early returns in a hotly contested race to decide who will fill a vacant U.S. House seat in Southern California.
An unofficial tally of mail-in ballots in the 36th Congressional District special election Tuesday showed Hahn had 21,365, or about 54 percent, to Huey's 18,025, or about 46 percent. More than 340,000 registered voters are in the district.
The outcome could have national implications.
Democrats hold an 18-point registration edge in the district, but an expected small turnout and widespread voter anxiety over the economy could make for a tight finish.
The seat was previously held by Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, who resigned earlier this year to head a Washington think tank.