A week after the election, the ballot tally continues for several key races that will shape Congress. With many ballots still to be counted, key Southern California races remain too close to call. Among them are those impacting Orange County including the face off in the 39th Congressional District
between Young Kim and Gil Cisneros, and the race between incumbent Mimi Walters and Katie Porter for representation of the 45th Congressional District
Throughout the county, once reliable Republican seats have been replaced with Democratic newcomers. Environmental attorney Mike Levin won the 49th District, a seat held by retiring Congressman Darrell Issa, over Board of Equalization representative Diane Harkey. First-time candidate and real estate entrepreneur, Harley Rouda, defeated 15-term incumbent Dana Rohrabacher.
Orange County has seen this demographic shift since 2002, and it is now a minority-majority county with a 34 percent Latino and 22 percent Asian population. To date, Orange County residents have five Democrats representing them, with Congressmembers' Lou Correa, Linda Sanchez, and Alan Lowenthal having won on Election Day.