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  California special election: Janice Hahn cruises to solid victory
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Jul 13, 2011 09:29am
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News DateWednesday, July 13, 2011 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDemocrat Janice Hahn defeated Republican Craig Huey in a bitterly contested Southern California special election marked by stinging attacks from both sides.

Hahn finished with a healthy 54.56 percent of the vote to Huey’s 45.44 percent in Tuesday's vote. The good news came early for Hahn’s camp soon after polls closed when the initial absentee returns showed the Los Angeles councilwoman with an 8-point advantage. Huey’s campaign needed a stronger showing in the early vote to offset the 18-point Democratic registration advantage in the beach town district.

Hahn emerged with a win despite an aggressive campaign by Huey, a wealthy tea partier who poured $883,000 of his own money into the effort after a surprise second-place primary finish vaulted him into the runoff.

It’s the second special election victory of the year for Democrats, coming just two months after Kathy Hochul upended frontrunner Republican Jane Corwin in New York’s 26th Congressional District in a race defined by proposed GOP changes to Medicare.
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