Democratic congressional candidate Gil Cisneros overcame Republican Young Kim’s lead for the first time Thursday in the 39th Congressional District in Orange County.
Cisneros, who trailed Kim by 122 votes on Wednesday, took a 941-vote lead Thursday. Cisneros is ahead 50.23 percent to 49.77 percent as counting of mail ballots continues.
If the trend continues, every congressional seat in once entirely Republican Orange County will be occupied by a Democrat.
The two are attempting to replace Kim’s longtime boss, retiring Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican from Brea.
Democrat Katie Porter, who jumped ahead in the 45th District race on Tuesday, expanded her lead over Rep. Mimi Walters, a Republican from Irvine, and thanked her supporters on Twitter, saying, “Thank you. I can’t wait to get to work for Orange County and to stand with you 100 percent of the time.”
Porter led Walters 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent, a 6,203-vote margin.
Democrat Harley Rouda expanded his lead over Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Huntington Beach, by 14,313 votes or a 52.9 percent to 47.1 percent margin. Rouda declared victory on Saturday.
— City News Service
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