With deep-pocketed, three-term Democrat Jane Harman giving up this seat to try unsuccessfully for governor, Republicans think their day is coming at last in this moderate coastal congressional district.
But the Democrats have other ideas--Harman recruited Janice Hahn of San Pedro, daughter of the late Kenneth Hahn, a popular longtime county supervisor, and sister of Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn. Janice Hahn ran unsuccessfully for a Los Angeles City Council seat a few years ago but is now an elected member of a City Charter reform commission.
After a blistering five-way primary battle, Republicans nominated two-term Assemblyman Steve Kuykendall, a businessman and military veteran from the GOP-dominated Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Both parties have made winning this open seat a top priority, and their affable, energetic candidates will get lots of help from party leaders.