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Previewing The CA 36 Special Primary Election

Third Time's A Charm? A third familiar name is also on the ballot - progressive activist Marcy Winograd. The high school teacher challenged Harman twice, maintaining that the moderate Democrat was not liberal enough, and particularly opposed her positions on Israel and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She has grassroots support, but with the absence of Harman to attack, she hasn't gained much traction this time around. In Bowen's poll, Winograd was in fourth with just 6 percent support. I've been ready for this my whole life! Injecting a bit of late humor into the race has been entertainment executive Dan Adler, who hired actor Sean Astin (of "Rudy" and "Lord of the Rings" fame) as his campaign manager. But it's Adler's head-turning ads that have been grabbing the spotlight in the race's final days - including a "Rudy" parody featuring Astin and an ad telling Asian voters to "Send a Mensch to Congress," pointing out that Adler is Jewish and his wife is Korean. Another web video features his son bragging to his friends, "My dad gets s**t done." The attention may have boosted Adler's name recognition, but he still faces long odds. Oh, the Republicans... Because of the "jungle primary" nature of the race, the Republicans running have been almost afterthoughts. If the party had rallied around one candidate, he or she might have caught fire, but instead, even several strong local leaders have had their candidacies overshadowed. Both Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin and Redondo Beach City Attorney Michael Webb -- who are good friends -- are vying for the nod, and in Bowen's poll, Gin actually took third with 8 percent. Wealthy businessman Craig Huey has put a half-million dollars of his own money in the race, which actually gave him the most cash on hand of any candidate. Still, it will be a surprise if any of the three can eclipse either Bowen or Hahn to grab a spot in the July vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT.

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