Republican former state Assemblywoman Young Kim was ahead of Democrat and philanthropist Gil Cisneros in the race for the 39th Congressional District by 5.2 percent at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 7, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

The update showed Kim ahead 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent. Her lead narrowed slightly since the first results, from 10.6 percent to 5.2 percent.

Almost all of the Election Day votes on electronic voting machines have been counted, though there remain an unknown number of mail-in and provisional ballots left to count.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated with new counts on election night. The final update to the article was at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 7. See an archive below of each Voice of OC update.

The 39th district includes parts of north Orange County, and adjacent sections of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, which will each update the results online throughout the evening.

Click to view vote counts reported from Orange County, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

The 39th Congressional district is one of four Orange County congressional races that could determine whether Democrats retake a majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives. Nationwide, national Democrats targeted two dozen Republican-held seats where voters backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

Kim and Cisneros were vying to replace retiring Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Kim’s boss for the two decades she spent working as an Asian community liaison for the district. The 39th district is the most diverse of the four OC races, with two-thirds of the population Asian or Latino. Most Latinos in the district are Democrats, while Asian voters are considered up for grabs.

Kim, 56, served one term in the Democratic-controlled state Assembly representing the 65th Assembly district, which overlaps with the 39th. She also hosted a Korean-language radio show for several years and a talk show on the Korean language television station KBS America. Kim was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and then Hawaii, before coming to California in 1981 at the age of 19.

Cisneros, 47, a U.S. Navy Veteran and philanthropist, was a supply officer in the Navy for a decade and then a shipping manager at Frito Lay for five years. After he won $266 million in the California lottery in 2010, Cisneros and his wife started a foundation that supports higher education opportunities for Hispanic students.


[8:05 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 6] The first reported election count showed Kim with 57.1 percent to 42.9 percent and included results reported from Orange and San Bernardino counties.

[8:52 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 6] Updated with counts from Los Angeles County which showed Kim ahead 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent.

[11:13 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 6] Updated with overall count between the three counties showing a narrowing of Kim’s lead, from 10.6 percent to 8.3 percent.

[12:30 a.m. Nov. 7] Updated to show Kim’s lead narrowed from 8.3 percent to 6.6 percent.

[1:30 a.m. Nov 7] Updated to show Kim’s lead narrowed from 6.6 percent to 5.2 percent.

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