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Candidates vying for Waxman's seat share 'American Dream' histories
Candidates vying for Waxman's seat share 'American Dream' histories

The race to succeed liberal lion Henry A. Waxman in Congress produced a crowded, costly primary studded with political stars and high-profile newcomers. Now, it has mellowed into a lopsided, gentlemanly contest between two men with "American Dream" backstories. First-time candidate Elan S. Carr, a son of immigrants and a Republican gang prosecutor reaped the most votes among 18 candidates on the ballot in June. Today, he is chugging uphill against state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), from an up-by-the-bootstraps family, in the largely Democratic Westside/South Bay district. The Waxman seat, the longtime heart of Westside political power, last opened 40 years ago. It includes one...

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