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  Ganging Up in California’s Special Election
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AuthorJim Geraghty
News DateMonday, July 11, 2011 09:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionHow optimistic should Republicans be about tomorrow’s special election in California’s 36th House district? The good news is that GOP challenger Craig Huey — who wasn’t even expected to make the runoff — has a fighting chance against Democratic Los Angeles city councilwoman Janice Hahn.

Washington Republicans think Democrats are getting nervous, the turnout numbers for Republicans and Democrats in the early vote are surprisingly even, and the fundraising numbers were also surprisingly even at the end of June. All of this is occurring in a district that scores D+12 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index, that Obama carried with 64 percent of the vote, and that Democrat Jane Harman represented, with few serious challenges, for nine terms.
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