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Berman, Sherman face off on Election Day

Congressmen Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman, right, are shown in undated file photos.

November 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
After a tough congressional race, Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are going head to head on Election Day.

San Fernando Valley voters streamed into polling stations to cast their ballots in that race, which at times grew contentious - especially after a video was released showing the two almost duking it out.

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Berman, 71, and his wife turned out to vote in Van Nuys Tuesday morning. Because of congressional redistricting, the veteran congressman has been forced to run against Sherman, another congressional veteran, twice. Both Democrats had the top votes in the primary, hence the runoff on Tuesday.

Sherman, 58, cast his ballot in Sherman Oaks, accompanied by his wife and daughters.

This race captured national attention last month when their brewing competition escalated into a confrontation at a debate at Pierce College.

The incident got physical when Sherman grabbed Berman by the shoulder and the two were briefly nose-to-nose. Sherman refused to call the incident a confrontation but did admit he shouldn't have put his arm on the congressman. Berman, however, said Sherman unhinged and snapped during the debate.

Both candidates were asked how that video changed their campaign, and whether it will affect how people vote.

Berman said the video serves to show his opponent's temperament, which "necessarily isn't appropriate for public office."

Sherman said Valley residents are more focused on the issues and which candidate will move the country forward.

Even before the infamous video, the race was contentious, which is surprising since both candidates are very similar in their stances. Both voted in favor of President Barack Obama's healthcare act, both served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and both even graduated from UCLA. However, Berman has been in Congress for 30 years, compared to Sherman's 15 years.

In total, this race has cost about $14 million, making it one of the most expensive congressional races this election.

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