Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (D) has a two-to-one money advantage over her closest rival in the special election for former Rep. Jane Harman's (D) seat.

Hahn's financial edge could be crucial with less than two weeks to go before the May 17 primary vote.

The councilwoman has $237,771 banked after raising $145,275 between April 1 and April 27, according to her latest campaign finance report. She's raised a total of $419,718 for her bid.

State Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) has $102,896 cash on hand after raising $142,129 in April, according to her report. She's brought in a total of $338,159 for her bid.

In a recent poll released by the Bowen campaign, the secretary of state was tied with Hahn at 20 percent, with the rest of the field trailing far behind.

The top-two vote-getters will advance out of the open primary to the general election on July 12. But if a candidate breaks 50 percent of the vote in the primary, he or she will win the special election outright.

--Updated at 5:23 p.m.