The Latest: Khanna beats Honda for Silicon Valley House seat
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on candidate races on Election Day in California (all times local)
Ro Khanna has defeated eight-term Congressman Mike Honda, a fellow Democrat, to represent a Silicon Valley district in Washington.
Honda was considered one of most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country as he faced a long-running House Ethics Committee probe into whether he had congressional aides perform campaign work when they were supposed to be working on government business.
Khanna led Honda by 17 percentage points with more than 100,000 ballots counted early Wednesday in California’s largely Asian-American 17th district.
Khanna is a former U.S. Commerce Department official under President Barack Obama who is 35 years younger than Honda. He held a big fundraising advantage and was backed by many technology leaders.
Khanna narrowly lost to Honda in 2014 and beat him by 2 points in the June primary.
Several Republican Assembly members were in extremely close contests in their re-election bids as the GOP faces an uphill battle to hold onto left-leaning districts and prevent Democrats from grabbing supermajorities in the Assembly and Senate.
Republicans took an early lead in key legislative districts in Tuesday’s election, but their leads fizzled as more votes were counted. Tens of thousands of votes remained uncounted early Wednesday morning.
Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim of Fullerton, Eric Linder of Corona and David Hadley of Torrance all trailed their Democratic rivals early Wednesday.
In the Senate, early results showed the status quo holding.
A gain of two Assembly seats and one Senate position would give Democrats the option of raising taxes, suspending legislative rules, and passing emergency legislation without any Republican support.
Democrat Salud Carbajal (CAR-buh-hahl) has defeated Republican Justin Fareed in a closely watched contest to represent California’s Central Coast in Congress.
The retirement of nine-term Democrat Lois Capps created an opening in the 24th District, which includes Santa Barbara. Carbajal led Fareed by a margin of 55 to 45 with about 175,000 votes counted.
Voter registration favors Democrats but Fareed kept the race competitive. The 28-year-old businessman represented a generational shift from Carbajal, a Santa Barbara County supervisor for the last 12 years
Fareed said he wouldn’t support Donald Trump’s candidacy after release of a tape of Trump bragging about his advances on women.
Speaking to supporters in Los Angeles, Kamala Harris struck a defiant tone on a night when Donald Trump moved within reach of the White House, and Republicans clinched control of the House and appeared on track to hold the Senate.
After her commanding win in California’s Senate race Tuesday, Harris promised to “fight for who we are and for our ideals.”
She says she’s committed to taking action on immigration reform, civil rights and fighting climate change at a time when “our ideals and fundamental values are being attacked.”
Harris says “I say we fight. And I intend to fight.”
Harris easily defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez of Orange County, a 10-term House member.
Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao has won a third term representing an overwhelmingly Democratic district in California’s Central Valley.
Valadao led Emilio Huerta by 17 percentage points Tuesday in a contest that was considered competitive because Democrats have such a large advantage in voter registration.
Valadao has showed willingness to break from his party. He said in June that he didn’t support his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, quelling Democratic attacks in the state’s predominantly Latino 21st district. He advocates a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
Valadao enjoyed a big fundraising advantage over Huerta, son of labor icon Dolores Huerta.
Huerta squeaked by another Democrat for the second spot on the ballot under California’s top-two primary system. His rival, Daniel Parra, refused to support him.
Republican candidates for the state Legislature took an early lead in Tuesday’s election as the GOP looks to stave off Democratic supermajorities in the California Assembly and Senate.
With a fraction of votes counted, Republicans were ahead in most of the contested districts clustered in Orange County and the outer suburbs of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Democrats are looking to take back several seats they took from Republicans two years ago, when the GOP had rare success in relatively left-leaning areas of California.
A gain of two Assembly seats and one Senate position would give Democrats the option of raising taxes, suspending legislative rules, passing emergency legislation and overturning vetoes by the governor without any Republican support.
Little-known Democratic challenger Doug Applegate has taken an early lead over Darrell Issa in one of several California congressional races that saw Republican incumbents on the defensive over Donald Trump.
Applegate, a retired Marine colonel, led Issa by about 5 percentage points with 64,000 votes counted in the 49th District that lies mainly in northern San Diego County. Issa, the wealthiest member of Congress, is seeking an eighth term.
Two-term Republican Jeff Denham had an early lead on Democrat Michael Eggman to represent a Modesto-area district while freshman Republican Steve Knight led Democrat Bryan Caforio in a Los Angeles-area district that was widely considered a toss-up.
Republicans eyed a pickup in the Sacramento area but two-term Democrat Ami Bera jumped out to an early lead on Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Hillary Clinton easily won California, while Kamala Harris captured the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.
A preliminary exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research found Clinton won the state’s 55 electoral votes, while Harris defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez to win the seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, who is retiring.
The 52-year-old Harris is the first Indian woman elected to a Senate seat, and only the second black woman. Carole Moseley Braun of Illinois was the first in 1992.
The lifelong prosecutor is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica.
The Democrats-only matchup was the first time since voters started electing senators a century ago that Republicans were absent from California’s November ballot.