GOP Could Take Back Two Orange County Congressional Seats Dems Flipped in 2018
California Republicans may regain ground in the historically Republican Orange County, which would mark a rare occasion where good news came out of California.
In 2018 Democrats had a clean sweep of the county’s seven congressional seats, flipping four of them blue. The newly elected representatives were Gil Cisneros (District 39), Katie Porter (District 45), Harley Rouda (District 48), and Mike Levin (District 49). It marked history as the first since the 1930s that the county didn’t have a single Republican representative in the House.
While the races are still too close to call, Republicans currently have a slim lead in two Orange County races which would allow them to regain half of the ground they lost in 2018.
According to NBC Los Angeles:
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel leads Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Newport Beach, by 2,851 votes in the coastal 48th District. Steel has 50.42% of the vote to Rouda’s 49.58%, or 171,461 votes to Rouda’s 168,610.
In another tight race, former Assemblywoman Young Kim led Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Yorba Linda, by 1,683 votes, 50.3%-49.7%, in the race to represent the 39th Congressional District, which consists of portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Kim has 138,425 votes and Cisneros 136,742.
All vote tallies are current as of 4PM ET on November 5th.
Kim previously lost her re-election bid in 2016, and then lost a close race against Cisneros previously in 2018.
While Democrats expected a blue sweep this election cycle, Republicans are poised to both keep their Senate majority and expand their minority representation in the House.
The count in the House going into this election was 232 for the Democrats and 197 seats for the Republicans, with 2018 needed for a majority. So far Democrats have 207 seats, Republicans have 190, and 38 races are undecided.