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Los Angeles Times: Democrat Nanette Barragán wins bid in L.A.‘s 44th District race to replace Hahn

November 9, 2016

Los Angeles Times: Democrat Nanette Barragán wins bid in L.A.'s 44th District race to replace Hahn

By Javier Panzar

Former Hermosa Beach Councilwoman Nanette Barragán won a heated race against Compton state Sen. Isadore Hall  to replace Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro).

The Associated Press called the race with 51.2% of the vote for Barragán.

Hall entered as a favorite, but Barragán closed the gap, framing herself as a progressive outsider while relentlessly attacking Hall, a 15-year veteran of Los Angeles politics, for his ties to special interests in the alcohol and tobacco industries and for benefiting from contributions from petroleum interests. 

Hall and his allies accused Barragán of making racist attacks during the campaign, including using a racial slur. 

Hall won the backing of the state Democratic Party as well as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor cut a radio ad for Hall in October.

Barragán was endorsed by several Latino members of Congress as well as the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. She benefited late in the race from a surge of independent expenditures paid for by Women Vote!, a super PAC tied to Emily's List, the national group that backs Democratic female candidates.