Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Democratic Challenger Katie Porter Defeats Mimi Walters In OC’s 45th District

Democratic Challenger Katie Porter Defeats Mimi Walters In OC’s 45th District

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy talk during the House GOP press conference in the Capitol following the House Republican Conference meeting on May 16, 2018.

He fended off a challenge from Jim Jordan, the co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

On Thursday, McCarthy sought to downplay Republican losses in the House.

"Sen. Young understands how to win hard Senate races in a presidential election year", said John Ashbrook, a Republican strategist close to McConnell.

McCarthy said Republicans will try to recruit more women and focus on diversity going forward. It's not a where-you-come-from geographic thing.

McCarthy, who has been majority leader under Ryan, acknowledged Republicans "took a beating" in the suburbs in last week's national elections, especially as the ranks of GOP female lawmakers plummeted to just 13.

Jordan could instead be given the ranking minority position on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, another likely investigatory hotbed in the new, Democratic-controlled House.

Bloomberg spent more than $110 million in the midterms.

Democrats also won some key governors races in the Upper Midwest, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

California's 10th was one of 25 Republican-held House districts that selected Democrat Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump in 2016, according to Ballotpedia, serving as one of the races Democrats needed to flip in order to take back the House and check Trump.

The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday. The outcome gives the president two allies positioned to help him. She faces GOP Sen.

In a statement Thursday, Porter said she will "bring accountability back to Washington".

House Democrats will hold their election after Thanksgiving.

Republicans also elected Rep. Steve Scalise (La.) to maintain his position as the GOP whip, the No. 2 leadership role in the minority party. Both were selected by acclamation.

On the Republican side in the Senate, lawmakers made incremental changes. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Katie Porter addressing her supporters when the race was too close to call at her election campaign party at the Hilton Hotel in Irvine, California on November 6, 2018. Jordan is a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Next in line for the GOP leadership hierarchy in the new Congress is Rep. Steve Scalise, the current No. 3 House Republican, who successfully vied for the position of minority whip in the new Congress. Scalise, as majority whip, gained a higher national profile after he was injured past year in a shooting during a Republican congressional baseball practice.

GOP Rep. Peter King of NY rose to object, saying his view was that Republicans lost ground over the GOP tax cuts that reduced deductions for some filers.

Trump claimed, without providing any evidence, that blatant use of fake voters in disguise had swung close elections. But he said getting the US$5 billion will be "problematic".

But after eight years of GOP control, the tea party class of 2010 is long gone.

Thune, who was the No. 3 leader, takes over for Sen.

Walters, a former investment banker, was a supporter of President Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare and the GOP tax plan.

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