Webb told Roll Call he is close to a decision. “I’m still leaning strongly in favor of running,” he said. “I’ll be creating an exploratory committee by the end of the week.”
This is Hahn’s second run for Harman’s seat — the first was an unsuccessful bid in 1998 when Harman ran for governor. Harman served from 1992 to 1998, then was re-elected in 2000 after a two-year hiatus.
Harman’s resignation is expected to be official Tuesday, allowing Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to potentially call the special election for June 7, when a coinciding election on taxes is rumored to be scheduled.
According to the secretary of state’s office, the governor must call a special election within 14 days of the date the office is vacated, which in this case will be today. The special must be held at least 112 days but no more than 126 days from the date the governor calls the special.
However, if the special can be consolidated with another election, it can be held anytime up to 180 days from when the governor calls it.
If the special election is held in June, the Hahn campaign said it expects the primary would be sometime in early April. Hahn and Bowen would be a high-profile matchup, with Bowen a statewide-elected official from LA and Hahn a well-known name in the city.
Hahn’s late father, Kenneth Hahn, served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for 40 years and was instrumental in bringing the Dodgers baseball team to LA from Brooklyn. Her brother, James Hahn, served a term as mayor from 2001 to 2005 and is a former LA city attorney.
This will be California’s first Congressional election held under its new top-two primary format. The top two finishers in the all-party primary would advance to the special general election, unless one candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote.
Harman won this coastal district with at least 60 percent of the vote in each election since the 2002 redistricting, and President Barack Obama carried it with 64 percent in 2008. Harman defeated Fein 60 percent to 35 percent in November.