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Showdown in the 33rd: Republican Elan Carr and Democrat Ted Lieu Face Runoff

In a sea of candidates, many of them Democrat, the state senator from Torrance makes it in. The November victor will replace longtime Rep. Howard Waxman.

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Patch file photo.
State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Patch file photo.

Voters in a predominantly Democratic Westside-South Bay-San Fernando Valley congressional district will have a choice in November between Republican Elan Carr and state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to replace the retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

Wendy Greuel, a former Los Angeles city controller who lost to Eric Garcetti in last year's race for mayor, finished third with 16.8 percent of the vote, according to semi-official results released today by the Secretary of State's Office. Lieu was second in Tuesday's election with 19 percent.

Eighteen candidates were listed on the ballot in hopes of representing the 33rd Congressional District. The district is one of the most affluent in the nation, including such areas as Santa Monica, Malibu, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Palos Verdes.

The district is also one of the most liberal in the country -- hence the 10 Democrats in the field versus just three Republicans.

Carr, a gang prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, finished atop the field of candidates with 21.5 percent of the vote, but as a Republican, is expected to have a tough battle in the general election.

"We may not have had the resources our opponents had, but we had something much more important -- a strong conviction to confront Washington's broken status quo," Carr said.

Carr's chief strategist, John Thomas, credited his candidate's first- place finish to voters being "ready to embrace an alternative to the status quo."

Marianne Williamson, an author and entrepreneur who did not have a party preference listed beside her name on the ballot, was fourth with 12.9 percent of the vote.

Public radio host Matt Miller, a Democrat who worked as a budget adviser in President Bill Clinton's administration, was fifth with 12 percent. He scored the cherished endorsement of the Los Angeles Times, giving him a late- campaign boost.

Republican Lily Gilani was the only other candidate to receive more than 3 percent of the vote, finishing sixth with 7 percent.

The 74-year-old Waxman, D-Beverly Hills, has held the seat since 1975.

--City News Service 

Wolfman June 04, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Ted Lieu is another useless career politician
M Stanley June 04, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Great video of Ted Lieu's hypocrisy and obvious sell out to financial support from special interest groups. In this instance, we have Lieu damning hunting because of inhumane and barbaric practices yet later he defends his cultural embrace of shark finning for a soup that purports to have unproven health and virility claims. Bogus politics from this one, steer clear of proven ties to special interest groups that target precious resources for export to other countries! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AlSWeHuumY
Keith Bowen June 04, 2014 at 04:55 PM
I'm a democrat from Torrance and it makes me crazy that people can't see through Ted Lieu and his BS. He does not represent Torrance, let alone California or America, big mistake to support him. Anyone would be better for us than him. He has a really bad for America agenda.
Nick Antonicello June 08, 2014 at 05:40 PM
80% of the voters did not endorse Ted Lieu. This district is not going to support a Torrance based Democrat in the long-term and the fact Lieu was only able to muster 19% of the vote against a fairly weak and underfunded field tells you how vulnerable he'll be in 2016. He's just an empty-suit.

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