Voters in the South Bay cast ballots yesterday in a special election in the 36th Congressional District, which includes Marina Del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance. There were 16 candidates vying to replace Democrat Rep. Jane Harman, who vacated her seat to head a think tank. The race was widely expected to come down to a duel between the Dems with the most name recognition: California Secretary Debra Bowen and Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn. But when yesterday’s votes were counted, Craig Huey, a Republican darkhorse candidate, had apparently nudged his way into a second-place finish – and a spot in the July runoff. It’s not certain yet, but Huey’s success so far has surprised many. Who is Huey? How did he do it? When will we know the final tally?
Janice Hahn, Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 15th District; Democratic candidate to fill the seat in California’s 36th congressional district
Kitty Felde, KPCC’s Washington D.C. correspondent, who covered last night’s election parties in Southern California