3 More Tight House Races Called for Democrats, Narrowing GOP Path to Majority

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Three competitive races for the House of Representatives were all called for Democrats late Nov. 12, narrowing the GOP path to a majority.

Reps. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.) were projected by the Associated Press to win their respective races, as was Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.

California Assemblyman Kevin Mullin was also declared the winner of a race that pitted him against a fellow Democrat.

Those four calls take the Democrat-held seats up to 203—Republicans have 211—and lower the number of pickup opportunities left. A party needs 218 seats or more to gain a majority in the House.

The GOP expected to flip both the House and the Senate in the midterms but the Democrats will hold onto the upper chamber, according to the latest projections.

Brownley, 70, has been in office since 2013. She beat former federal prosecutor Matt Jacobs. Torres, 57, has been in office since 2015. She trumped businessman Mike Cargile. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, an auto shop owner, prevailed in the race for a seat held by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who was knocked off in the Republican primary by veteran Joe Kent.

Jacobs, Cargile, and Kent have not conceded as of yet.

Jacobs noted Saturday that more than 100,000 votes still need to be counted in California’s 26th Congressional District. “The democratic process is sacred, and out of respect for that process, I encourage patience while the good people at Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters & the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder ensure that every vote is counted,” he said.

“What the media says is irrelevant, its [sic] another narrative designed to stop voters from ballot curing & to force me to concede—not gonna happen,” Kent said. “We’re on the streets ballot curing. The fight goes on while the talking heads talk.”

Brownley was up by about 13,200 votes. Torres was leading by about 9,500 votes. Gluesenkamp Perez was ahead by about 4,500 votes.

Mullin, 52, won one of the races in California that saw Democrats face off. He beat David Canepa, the former mayor of Daly City.

By Zachary Stieber

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