With all 261 precincts reporting, Hahn had 41,585 votes, 54.56 percent, and Huey 34,636 votes, or 45.44 percent, according to results released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Tuesday's special election was necessitated by the Feb. 28 resignation of Rep. Jane Harman to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (Z: for the record, please note that I have never heard any Democrat criticism of Jane Harman leaving her office early)
Hahn's victory prompted Pat McOsker, the president of United Firefighters of Los Angeles, the union that represents the city's firefighters, to declare his candidacy for Hahn's council seat. It's his first run for public office.
Hahn had represented a council district that stretches from the Port of Los Angeles to Watts since 2001. Huey owns a direct-mail advertising business and publishes online voter guides for Christians.
Both candidates campaigned heavily on job creation but disagreed about how to stimulate job growth. Hahn said she would push for expanded federal funding to support the clean energy industry and for job training for laid-off workers. Huey argued for lower taxes and reducing federal regulations on
Even though Huey spent nearly $800,000 of his own money on the campaign and rallied Tea Party activists and other conservatives to work on his behalf, Hahn had been widely expected to win the race in the predominantly Democratic district.