Monday, October 26, 1998 Published at 17:46 GMT
Candidates face off with Lewinsky
There are problems for California Democrats seen to be too close to the Clintons
By the BBC's Bridget Kendall in Los Angeles
[an error occurred while processing this directive]Star-studded Beverly Hills is no stranger to scandal. After all, it's Monica Lewinsky's hometown.
But even in a town known for its tolerance for gossip, intrigue and sex, no one is writing off the impact that President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky could have on political candidates here and around the country.
In California, the scandal is pivotal. This high-profile state is where some of the closest election races in the country are played out.
Until recently, the scandal has caused problems for California Democrats seen to be too close to the Clintons like Barbara Boxer. Her daughter is married to Hillary Clinton's brother. When she failed to criticise the president, her Senate race against moderate Republican Matt Fong was in trouble.
"I'm meeting Republicans and Democrats and I've had many Republicans tell me they feel the same way," Ms Hahn said. "They are upset at the Republican Congress who continues to want to indict the president. They said they would vote for me."
This may be campaign rhetoric, but even Janice Hahn's Republican opponent, Steve Kuykendall, admits talk of impeachment and scandal may not work in his favour.
"I think in my district it is 50-50," he said. "It doesn't work against me or for me. The voters are tired of it."
While most most people say they're fed up with scandal but the truth is in a seat this tight, just a few votes can make all the difference and could turn this election - especially in scandal-loving Los Angeles.
The problem is, neither Republicans nor Democrats know who will benefit from this scandal most.