The early retirement of Rep. Jane Harman this year will set off a special election in California’s 36th district. The latest poll of the race has California Secretary of State Debra Bowen with a small lead over Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. From Roll Call:
The poll was conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, commissioned by Progressive Change Campaign Committee and obtained by Roll Call. It shows California Secretary of State Debra Bowen leading Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn by 4 points, just outside the poll’s 3.3-point margin of error. The poll of 890 voters in the district was taken Feb. 17 and 18.
This will be one of the first elections since California abandoned traditional primaries in favor of a “top two primary,” where only the top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general, regardless of party.
What this means is that Bowen and Hahn could potentially face each other in the primary, and again in the general, although that is unlikely unless more Republicans aside from Redondo Beach City Attorney Mike Webb enter the race and split the Republican vote.