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Jane Harman to Resign from House, 'Jungle Primary' to Follow

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Democratic US Congresswoman Jane Harman is resigning her post, and "will take over as director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington," says the Washington Post.Harman, 65, who "represents a Democratic-safe district is suburban Los Angeles, including Redondo Beach, Torrance and Carson," was first elected to the House in 1992, and after a losing bid for Governor, reclaimed the seat in 2000, notes the AP.

The Congresswoman's departure means that a special election will be called for the 36th District, and it will be the first to be run as what is being called the "jungle primary" process, in which " all candidates -- regardless of party -- will run against one another. The party The two top vote-getters advance to a special general election." Governor Jerry Brown must call the election, and it must be held 112 to 126 days after Harman's vacancy is announced.

Harman reportedly told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of her departure, though many Dems were surprised to hear the news as reported on air by MSNBC this morning.