Republican Darrell Issa has beaten Doug Applegate, a Democrat, in a race for California's 49th Congressional District seat, currently held by Issa.
Republicans retained control of the House and lost only a handful of seats from their commanding majority, a stunning reversal of fortune after many GOP leaders feared double-digit losses. At several points this year, Democratic leaders predicted that Donald Trump’s presidential nomination would prompt an anti-Republican wave that would sweep 20 or more Democrats into the House. Democrats seized four redrawn, GOP-held districts in Florida and Virginia and held small leads in several other battlegrounds. But they could not unseat Republicans in key districts across the country, including suburban seats they believed they could easily win with Trump on the ticket.
So far, 433 House races have been decided, with Republicans winning 239 and Democrats winning 194. Democrats have a net gain of six, with 12 total seats having swapped hands. Going into the 2016 campaign, Republicans held 247 seats in the House, while the Democrats had 188, meaning they needed to gain 30 to take a majority.
California voted for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, in Tuesday’s presidential election.
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