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Republican businessman Craig Huey's lead over Democrat Debra Bowen in the 36th Congressional District special primary has grown to 750 votes.

The two are battling for the second spot in a July runoff election to fill the Los Angeles County congressional seat vacated by the retirement of Democratic Rep. Jane Harman. Democrat Janice Hahn, a member of the Los Angeles City Council, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's 16-way primary contest, winning 24 percent of the vote.

Initial returns put Huey, a conservative website publisher, and Bowen, the secretary of state, in a tight race, with Huey holding an edge of roughly 200 votes. His lead widened today after thousands of remaining absentee and provisional votes were processed. Los Angeles elections officials, who plan to post a final tally tomorrow, say about 200 provisional and damaged ballots remain uncounted.

Bowen earlier in the week asked supporters for contributions "to make sure our campaign can fight for every vote," suggesting she could seek a recount. Her campaign said she would be sending out a statement on the updated results soon.

Democrats' double-digit registration advantage over Republicans would likely give Hahn a strong advantage over Huey in the runoff.

Click here to see the semi-final results.


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