California's 36th congressional district special election, 2011

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California's 36th congressional district special election, 2011
California
2010 ←
July 12, 2011
→ 2012

  Janice Hahn, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Nominee Janice Hahn Craig Huey
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 47,000 38,624
Percentage 54.9% 45.1%

Representative before election

Jane Harman
Democratic

Elected Representative

Janice Hahn
Democratic

A 2011 special election in California's 36th congressional district filled the vacancy in California's 36th congressional district after the resignation of incumbent Jane Harman on February 28, 2011, who vacated her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to become head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.[1]

The special primary election occurred on May 17, 2011. Democrat Janice Hahn received the highest number of votes, with Republican Craig Huey taking second place. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, a special general election was held on July 12, 2011, between the top two vote recipients. The runoff election was won by Janice Hahn.[2]

Background and procedures[edit]

An election was called to fill the rest of Harman's term, which ends January 2013. An all-party primary was held on May 17. Since no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, the top two primary finishers, regardless of party, met in a run-off on July 12.[3]

The special election was held under California statutes regarding special elections and not under California's newly in force Proposition 14, which does not apply to special elections.[4]

General Candidates[edit]

Primary Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Peace and Freedom Party[edit]

  • Maria E. Montaño, teacher[7]

Libertarian Party[edit]

  • Steve Collett, certified public accountant[7]

Independent[edit]

Polling[edit]

Primary election[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Debra
Bowen (D)
Mike
Gin (R)
Janice
Hahn (D)
Marcy
Winograd (D)
Undecided
Feldman Group • April 4–7, 2011 401 ± 4.9% 20% 8% 20% 6% 24%
  •  • Commissioned by the Bowen campaign

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Janice
Hahn (D)
Craig
Huey (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling + July 8–10, 2011 619 ± 3.9% 52% 44% 4%

Results[edit]

Primary[edit]

California's 36th congressional district special primary, 2011[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Janice Hahn 15,647 24.61%
Republican Craig Huey 14,116 22.20%
Democratic Debra Bowen 13,407 21.09%
Democratic Marcy Winograd 5,905 9.29%
Republican Mike Gin 4,997 7.86%
Republican Mike Webb 3,895 6.13%
Republican Kit Bobko 2,296 3.61%
Libertarian Steve Collett 896 1.41%
Republican Stephen Eisele 788 1.24%
Democratic Dan Adler 361 0.57%
Democratic Loraine Goodwin 325 0.51%
Peace and Freedom Maria E. Montano 324 0.51%
Republican George Newberry 234 0.37%
Independent Matthew Roozee 157 0.25%
Independent Katherine Pilot 126 0.20%
Independent Michael T. Chamness 108 0.17%
Totals 63,582 100.00%

General[edit]

California's 36th congressional district special general, 2011[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Janice Hahn 47,000 54.89%
Republican Craig Huey 38,624 45.11%
Totals 85,624 100.0%
Voter turnout 25%
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cillizza, Chris (February 7, 2011). "Jane Harman to resign from Congress". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2011/by_county/CA_Page_0712.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS
  3. ^ http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html California Elections Code - Sections 10700 through 10707
  4. ^ http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html California Constitution - Article 2 - Section 5
  5. ^ "Democrat Dan Adler Files to run in California 36th Congressional District Special Election". CNBC. March 30, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Merl, Jean (February 15, 2011). "Debra Bowen enters race to succeed Jane Harman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "United States Representative; District 36 Voter Information". League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. July 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Miller, Sean J. (February 7, 2011). "LA councilwoman enters race to succeed Rep. Harman". The Hill. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Marcy Winograd Runs for Congress 2011 Special Election". LA Progressive. February 25, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Stitt, Eric Michael (March 9, 2011). "City Councilman Kit Bobko is running for Congress". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ Merl, Jean (March 2, 2011). "Redondo Beach mayor joins crowded race to succeed Rep. Jane Harman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Chavez, Paul (April 20, 2011). "Hahn, Huey Lead Campaign Fundraising in 36th Congressional District Race". Patch.com. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "House Candidates Get Lively Reception". 
  14. ^ 2011 primary election results
  15. ^ 2011 general election Results

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