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Democrat Janice Hahn defeats Tea Party-backed Craig Huey in California special election

Los Angeles city councilwoman wins House seat; Republicans were hoping for upset that would send a message ahead of 2012 national elections
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43725917/ns/politics-more_politics/

LOS ANGELES — Democrat Janice Hahn defeated Republican Craig Huey in a bitter contest for a Southern California House seat Tuesday, preserving the party's hold on the district and surviving an unusually tough race in a Democratic stronghold.

With 100 precincts reporting, Hahn, a Los Angeles city councilwoman, had 41,585 votes, or about 55 percent, to 34,636, or about 45 percent, for Huey. Huey's campaign had Tea Party backing.

The campaign was being closely watched by both major parties as a sign of whether normally safe Democratic seats have been left vulnerable by the persistent economic slump.

With a light turnout and widespread voter anxiety over the economy, Republicans were hoping for an upset that would send a message heading toward the 2012 national elections, in which President Barack Obama will seek a second term.

Registration edge
But Hahn's victory was far from impressive, given an 18-point Democratic registration edge in the 36th Congressional District, which runs from the famous Venice boardwalk through the beach communities south of Los Angeles International Airport.

In May, Democrats snatched a New York congressional seat in a heavily Republican district after capitalizing on fears over a Republican plan to roll back Medicare and Social Security benefits.

That made the GOP eager to turn the tables in California, a reliably Democratic state in national elections.

The seat was previously held by Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, who resigned earlier this year to head a Washington think tank.

Harman served nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a leading congressional voice on national security issues.

The race presented a stark choice.

Huey, 61, is a conservative who wanted to slash spending, taxes and debt and roll back government regulation; Hahn, 59, is a fixture in local Democratic politics who wants to see the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the growth of alternative energy.

Huey owns marketing and advertising companies and largely bankrolled his campaign with nearly $900,000 in personal funds. Hahn's brother James once served as Los Angeles mayor.

The midsummer contest received little attention at a time of year when voters are thinking about weekends at the beach, the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers or how to survive the partial closure this weekend of Interstate 405, one of the region's main traffic arteries.

Hahn will have to stand for reelection in a newly redrawn district in November 2012.
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206807 tn?1331936184
It’s a crying shame that in these times, anyone can win a Congressional Seat with only 12.1% of the registered voters support. I don’t care if it was a Dem. Or Repub. That is pathetic.
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1530342 tn?1405016490
"Winning or losing wasn't my point. The lack of interst was."
You are right there wasn't that much interest but my point was there was still enough interest shown to have an election and to have her win.


"It's kind of like everyone asking Obama where is all the things he promised in 08"

He's working on it!!! He has a few thing he can check off of that list of things tho!
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Hey I would be happy for the system to work like it was meant to. Dems and Pubs working to meet in the middle. Kinda hard when you got a Dem pres and the Republicans get paid to simply say no. Getting paid to not do the nations business is a new one on me. I wont be voting for them anytime soon for sure. Talk about a freakin waste of money!
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206807 tn?1331936184
"She still won."..... Winning or losing wasn't my point. The lack of interst was.

"saying where are the things the Repubs promised back in November? " Could very well be. It's kind of like everyone asking Obama where is all the things he promised in 08
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1530342 tn?1405016490
She still won......The kicking in November was overshadowed. The voters were mad and they sent a message. The Repubs (IMO..It's just my opinion...It's not a fact or end all be all) didn't take advantage of the message the voters sent out last time. Instead The have the voters saying where are the things the Repubs promised back in November?
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206807 tn?1331936184
I wonder where all that kicking was in November
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206807 tn?1331936184
This concerns me more. At 22% voter turn out, what are the people saying? They don't care or they give up?

" turnout was low, with only 22 percent of registered voters turning up at the polls, less than half the number that voted last November."
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1530342 tn?1405016490
No not blame. Just kick the crap out of in elections..lol
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1310633 tn?1430224091
MrsP:
You mean you need someone to BLAME for everything that's wrong!
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1530342 tn?1405016490
Now now EL....An ALL Democratic government wouldn't be fun...We need someone to play hardball with!! lol
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1310633 tn?1430224091
I jest, but it sure seems like that's what the wish of the Democratic party is, and what the solution would be.

Call me crazy...
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1310633 tn?1430224091
Hey... we're borrowing $0.40 out of every dollar we spend. Why can't we make it $0.60 on the dollar???

Shoot... all we have to do is increase the taxes on the wealthiest 2% of the population, and we'll have ore money than we know what to do with!
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1310633 tn?1430224091
I wish the ENTIRE government was Democrat.

Democrat judicial branch
Democrat legislative branch
Democrat executive branch

Let's hand over the reigns and see what happens.

No checks-and-balances... just a pure spend-a-thon.

The mind boggles at the possibilities!
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1530342 tn?1405016490
You took the words right out of my mouth teko...LOL
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Well it sent a message alright, just not one that republicans wanted to hear. Wisconsin will tell the tale too.
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