An expensive standstill

In Congress, after months of campaigning and more than $340 million spent, California Democrats and Republicans fought themselves to a virtual standstill, with neither side unseating any of the opposing party’s vulnerable incumbents. That includes Orange County’s Katie Porter and San Diego’s Mike Levin on the Democratic side, as well as Southern California Republicans Mike Garcia, Michelle Steel, Young Kim and Ken Calvert. All will be returning to Congress.

All of that adds up to a big, monumentally expensive near wash. Republicans had 11 U.S. House seats in California. After this election, they will have 12 after Republican farmer John Duarte narrowly defeated Democratic Assemblymember Adam Gray in a Modesto contest and GOP Rep. David Valadao squeaked by Democratic Assemblymember Rudy Salas in a race in Bakersfield.

Democrats are down two seats — from 42 to 40 — but one is because the state was docked a congressional seat after the most recent Census. 

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