Democrat Katie Porter defeats Republican Rep. Mimi Walters, flips GOP House seat in California

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Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held House seat in California’s 45th District. She defeated Republican Rep. Mimi Walters, who trailed behind by around 6,203 votes. The district has a 7-point Republican registration edge, and Walters was re-elected in 2016 by 17 points. With Porter’s win, Democrats have picked off three GOP seats either all or partly in Orange County, California.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California’s Reagan country, extending a rout of the state’s GOP House delegation.

Porter’s upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known nationally as a GOP fortress. The coastal county southeast of Los Angeles was home to President Richard Nixon, and President Ronald Reagan once likened it to a Republican heaven.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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