Area: Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, South-Central Los Angeles
Registration: 80% D, 11% R
Democrat: Maxine Waters, incumbent
Republican: Nate Truman, graphics design firm owner
Background: Truman has canvassed the district, promoting his support of Proposition 187, which would deny services to illegal immigrants. But Waters is popular in the district, regardless of her opposition to the initiative.
Area: El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Torrance, Venice, Westchester
Registration: 43% D, 42% R
Democrat: Jane Harman, incumbent
Republican: Susan Brooks, Rancho Palos Verdes councilwoman
American Independent: Joseph G. (Joe) Fields, no occupation given
Libertarian: Jack Tyler, laser engineer
Background: Harman struggles in a district split almost evenly between the two major parties, but having the money to air ads on TV could give her an edge.
Area: Carson, Compton, Long Beach, Watts, Wilmington
Registration: 77% D, 13% R
Democrat: Walter R. Tucker III, incumbent
Libertarian: Guy Wilson, merchant seaman
Background: Tucker easily trounced a primary challenger, leaving him only with Wilson in the general election. He hit a snag--an indictment on extortion and tax evasion charges--but pundits still say he will get back in.
Area: Bellflower, Downey, Lakewood, Long Beach, Paramount, San Pedro
Registration: 52% D, 36% R
Democrat: Peter Mathews, college professor
Republican: Steve Horn, incumbent
Libertarian: Lester W. Mueller, project engineer
Peace and Freedom: Richard K. Green, project manager
Background: Mathews and Horn, also a college professor, duke it out. Incumbent Horn has a possible GOP tide and his adeptness at saving the C-17 cargo plane to help him.
Area: Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Venice, Wilmington
Registration: 53% D, 33% R
Democrat: Ralph C. Dills, incumbent
Republican: David Barrett Cohen, attorney and educator
Libertarian: Neal Arvid Donner, private teacher
Peace and Freedom: Cindy V. Henderson, customer service representative
Background: Cohen badly needs a white knight rescue from state GOP leaders to match Dills in a final week mail blitz. Longtime incumbent Dills is far from a shoo-in, though. He's still unknown to as many as three-fourths of the voters in the redrawn district.
Area: Hawthorne, Inglewood, South-Central Los Angeles
Registration: 72% D, 17% R
Democrat: Curtis Tucker Jr., incumbent
Republican: Adam Michelin, child-care executive
Background: Tucker should coast to victory, but he has still spent $134,000 to stop any Michelin movement.
Area: Compton, Gardena, Lynwood, Watts
Registration: 80% D, 11% R
Democrat: Willard H. Murray Jr., incumbent
Republican: Richard A. Rorex, engineer
Background: Murray should coast to victory. Rorex dropped out of the race but his name remains on the ballot.
Area: El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Venice, Westchester
Registration: 43% D, 41% R
Democrat: Debra Bowen, incumbent
Republican: Julian Sirull, insurance agent
Libertarian: William N. Gaillard, public works employee
Peace and Freedom: J. Kevin Bishop, cable installer
Background: Republicans, who ran a conservative in the moderate district in 1992, were bested by Bowen. Now they have a middle-of-the-roader in Sirull, but he's a novice who badly needs money.
Area: Long Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro, Signal Hill
Registration: 46% D, 41% R
Democrat: Betty Karnette, incumbent
Republican: Steven T. Kuykendall, Rancho Palos Verdes mayor
Libertarian: Alan J. Carlan, retired aerospace executive
Peace and Freedom: Patrick J. McCoy, public school teacher
Background: One of state Republicans' best shots at taking a seat, given the voter registration and a strong challenger in Kuykendall. Karnette, who scored a surprise upset in 1992, once again is banking on door-to-door canvassing to carry her to victory.
Area: Carson, Compton, Long Beach, Wilmington
Registration: 69% D, 19% R
Democrat: Juanita M. McDonald, incumbent
Libertarian: Daniel O. Dalton, businessman
Background: The race will go to McDonald. A primary bid by former Assemblyman Richard Floyd never materialized, and Dalton has not invested more than $1,000 in the race.