Incumbent Democratic Rep. Katie Porter defeats Scott Baugh for California House seat

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Rep. Katie Porter attends an election night watch party in Costa Mesa, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Porter is running for re-election in the new 47th Congressional District. (Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP) Mindy Schauer/AP

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Katie Porter defeats Scott Baugh for California House seat

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Incumbent Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) secured a win for House Democrats on Thursday, marking the party’s latest win during the midterm elections despite not being called until the week after Election Day.

With 96% of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for California’s 47th District in Porter’s favor, defeating Republican challenger Scott Baugh by 8,000 votes and with 51.6% of the total vote. Porter has represented the district since 2018.

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Porter is representing one of the seats in Orange County. Porter resides in a subdivision of the University of California, Irvine, according to Fox News. Porter campaigned on making college more affordable to state residents, being pro-abortion rights, and “standing up to big corporations.”

Baugh, a native of Huntington Beach, meanwhile centered his campaign on several issues championed by the Republican Party during the midterm cycle, including the economy, crime, and education.

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Republicans flipped the House of Representatives by a slim margin during the 2022 midterm elections but failed to secure the Senate, marking a disappointing election cycle that predicted Republicans would see a red wave.

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