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Representative Jane Harman Resigns from Congress

February 7th, 2011 by MomsLA

It is being reported today that South Bay Congresswoman Jane Harman is resigning from Congress to become the new head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center (succeeding former Rep. Lee Hamilton).

Governor Jerry Brown now has 14 days to call a special election in the 36th District to fill her vacancy.

What happens next is anyone’s guess.

The special election to replace Harman will be a test of California’s new “jungle primary” law, where all the candidates will be on one ballot together, regardless of party – with the two top vote-getters vying against each other in a general election. (Unless one candidate in the primary receives more than 50% of the vote, in which case there is no second election.)

Harman is a conservative-leaning “Blue Dog” Democrat who has been hurt in the past by challenges from the more progressive wing of her party.  A number of Democrats are reported to be weighing in, including California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen and Janice Hahn.

And The Hill reports that the state’s GOP politicos are “cautiously optimistic” that one of their candidates could steal this seat that has been considered safely Democratic.

Stay tuned.

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