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Democrats Flip Another California Congressional Seat

Katie Porter and Mimi Walters
From left: Katie Porter and Mimi Walters

Katie Porter has unseated Mimi Walters in once-conservative Orange County.

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The blue wave continues washing over the U.S. House of Representatives, and much of it's coming from California.

Democrat Katie Porter was declared the winner Thursday in the race in the state's 45th Congressional District, unseating Republican incumbent Mimi Walters, the Los Angeles Times reports. It's the fifth California congressional district that's flipped from Republican to Democratic in the midterms.

Porter is a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a protege of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. "As your representative, I will work to bring accountability back to Washington -- to fight to protect our health care, for a clean and safe environment for our communities, and for fair taxation so that everyone pays their fair share," she said after the race was called, according to the Times.

Her district is in Orange County, located between Los Angeles in San Diego; it was once solidly conservative, but that has changed significantly. Democrats have already flipped two other seats there and have gained a lead in one that is undecided.

In the two that had already flipped, Harley Rouda bested longtime incumbent and major homophobe Dana Rohrabacher in the 48th District, and Mike Levin beat Diane Harkey in the 49th District, where incumbent Republican Darrell Issa did not seek reelection. In the 39th District, where the race remains undecided, Democrat Gil Cisneros surged to a 941-vote lead over Republican Young Kim as of Thursday. That seat is currently held by Republican Ed Royce, who is retiring.

Other California congressional districts that have gone from Republican to Democratic are the 25th, in northern Los Angeles County, where bisexual Dem Katie Hill unseated anti-LGBTQ Republican Steve Knight, and the 10th, in the Central Valley, where Josh Harder beat incumbent Jeff Denham.

Other congressional races were recently called in the Democrats' favor in Maine and New Jersey. If they win the remaining races that are outstanding, they will flip a total of 39 seats, NPR reports.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.