Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper lost his seat to Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris, and Democrat Tom Umberg’s lead continued to grow Monday over state Sen. Janet Nguyen. About 98 percent of all estimated ballots in Orange County have been counted and reported.
Democrat Katie Porter is barely ahead of Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters — 48 percent to 43 percent — in a poll of the 45th Congressional District completed by the New York Times Tuesday evening. The margin of error is 5 points.
Former President Barack Obama has campaigned here, both political parties are spending millions of campaign dollars here and no wonder – Orange County is at the center of national politics. Four local House races could determine control of Congress and even the fate of the Trump presidency. Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel and Chapman University political science professor Michael Moodian analyze the candidates, issues and possible outcomes. The races pit Young Kim against Gil Cisneros, Harley Rouda against incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, incumbent Mimi Walters against Katie Porter and Mike Levin against Diane Harkey.