Rep. Katie Porter wins reelection to CA-47 seat – Orange County Register

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Rep. Katie Porter has won reelection to the U.S. House, with the Associated Press calling the race Thursday evening.

Porter had been locked in a tight battle for California’s 47th congressional district with former state Assemblymember Scott Baugh, a Republican, this election cycle. She had consistently led Baugh throughout the lengthy vote-counting process, and in recent days her lead has increased.

“Nobody wins elections alone. Tonight’s results wouldn’t have been possible without the hundreds of grassroots supporters who knocked doors, made calls, and helped turn people out to our events,” Porter said. “I’m proud of the work we did together, and the work our team will continue to do in Congress to put Orange County families first.”

The coastal CA-47, which tilts slightly in favor of Democrats, includes Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and part of Huntington Beach. It was earmarked this cycle by national Republicans as a potential pickup for their party.

As of Thursday evening, Porter led Baugh by about 8,200 votes.

Porter is a former UC Irvine law professor who has become a leading Democratic voice in the House since she was first elected in 2018. In Congress, she sits on the Natural Resources and Oversight and Reform committees and she’s a member of a bevy of caucuses.

She pointed to high costs of living — from housing to health care to child care to education — when asked about the most significant concerns among her constituents.

“I’ve pushed to reduce these expenses, for example allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and making child care affordable for all,” Porter said in response to a Register questionnaire.

In October, President Joe Biden traveled to Irvine to tout his administration’s efforts to combat inflation and cut the rising cost of prescription drugs. Appearing alongside him was Porter, who the president heaped praise upon throughout his address.

Baugh is a longtime political insider who has led the Orange County GOP and has been a key fundraiser for Republicans. A Huntington Beach resident, Baugh is the former Republican leader in the Assembly and a founding trustee of the Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County.

A spokesperson for Baugh was not immediately available for comment Thursday night.

With Porter’s race now called, all of Orange County’s congressional incumbents were successful in the 2022 midterm elections.

On Wednesday, more than a week after Election Day, Republicans officially gained the 218th seat needed to win control of the U.S. House.

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress. She said she would remain a representative of her San Francisco district, but she would pave the way for new leadership when the new Congress convenes.

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