Former Lawmaker Favored To Win California House Race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Jackie Speier may be heading back to
Washington, nearly 30 years after she was shot and left for dead on
a Guyana airstrip.

Speier, a Democrat and former California state legislator, is the favorite to win a special election Tuesday to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of San Mateo congressman Tom Lantos.

It is Speier's second try for the seat once held by her former boss, the late congressman Leo Ryan.

In 1979, she lost a special election to succeed Ryan, who was killed while investigating reports that Jim Jones was holding followers against their will at his Guyana compound.

Speier was seriously wounded in the same attack by Jones' henchmen.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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