After the polls came to a close last Tuesday on election day, the results began to trickle in and finally it was announced that Democrats were projected to win enough seats to gain control of the House of Representatives. Still, there were many races too close to call that night and votes that would take days to count.
On Thursday, another race was called by The Associated Press – Democrat Katie Porter won the House seat for California’s 45th Congressional District, unseating incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters (R).
Porter’s victory over Walters makes the fifth GOP seat that Democrats have flipped in the 2018 midterm elections. This comes as a blow to the new Republican leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA).
Walters had aligned herself closely with Mr. Trump this past election cycle, which did not seem to help her. Walters voted for and defended both Trump’s Obamacare repeal bill and his tax cuts law. According to ABC 10:
‘Porter’s victory is a sign of changing times in Orange County, once known nationally as a GOP stronghold but now increasingly Democratic.
‘Porter campaigned on overturning President Donald Trump’s tax reform package and support for universal health care.’
Porter is a law professor who successfully campaigned against Walters in an increasingly Democratic district which went to Hillary Clinton by five percentage points in 2016. The 45th Congressional District is demographically diverse and encompasses parts of inland Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties including Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Rowland Heights, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar.
Votes are still being counted for House candidate Gil Cisneros (D) from the 39th Congressional District. He remains down by .4 points although vote tallies continue to rise as mail-in ballots are being counted.
Twitter congratulated Porter:
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