Janice Hahn, Laura Richardson prepare for November runoff

Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, will face each other in November in the race for Congress' 44th District.

Reps. Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson, who were pushed into the same district thanks to redistricting, will face one another in November, as expected.

The two Democrats were the only candidates in yesterday's primary for the new 44th District, will includes South Gate, Lynwood, Carson and San Pedro. The state's new top-two primary system allows members of the same party to face one another in the runoff if they are the top vote-getters in the primary.

With 100 precincts reporting, Hahn received 59.8 percent of the vote and Richardson received 40.2 percent.

Last July, Hahn was elected to Congress to fill a vacancy left by Jane Harman. One month later, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission dismantled her districting and pushed her into a race with Richardson.

Richardson was first elected to the 37th District in 2007. She serves on the Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.

Richardson is also the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation regarding allegations she had staff members work on her campaign on government time. She has denied those charges.

Hahn was endorsed by the Los Angeles Times and Daily Breeze.

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