All eyes are on California as there are still multiple congressional races yet to be called that will play a hand in determining which party controls the U.S. House next year.
In Orange County, two Democratic incumbents are locked in tight battles with Republican challengers for their seats.
In California’s 47th district, Rep. Katie Porter has maintained a slight lead over former Republican Assemblymember Scott Baugh, as of the latest vote counts Monday evening. She has consistently led Baugh over the past week as more votes are counted, albeit the separation between the two candidates has lessened. The margin was less than 3,000 votes Monday night.
The coastal CA-47, which tilts slightly in favor of Democrats, includes Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and part of Huntington Beach while also covering Irvine.
Porter is a former UC Irvine law professor who has become a leading Democratic voice in the House since she was first elected in 2018. Last week, her campaign noted her 2018 race was not called for several days, adding “it’s essential that every vote be counted.”
“We’re proud of the race we ran and the work we did,” spokesperson Lindsay Reilly said then. The campaign did not have further comment Monday evening, Reilly said.
Baugh is a longtime political insider who has led the Orange County GOP and has been a key fundraiser for Republican politicians. On election night, Baugh predicted results may not be concrete for several days.
“Pre-election day votes tend to favor Democrats and Election Day votes tend to favor Republicans. I’m hopeful the remaining Election Day votes continue to favor Republicans,” Baugh said in a statement Monday night.
Meanwhile, in California’s 49th district, incumbent …read more
Source:: The Mercury News