Democratic Rep. Katie Porter holds on to seat in tightly fought Orange County race

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Rep. Katie Porter of Irvine, a rising star in the Democratic Party, fended off a challenge from Republican Scott Baugh, a former state lawmaker, to secure her third term in Congress.

The Associated Press called the race Thursday, though official results will take longer. Control of the House tipped to Republicans on Wednesday; now California’s remaining congressional races will determine the size of the GOP’s majority.

“Families can count on me to continue standing up for them, speaking truth to power, and fighting corporate abuse,” Porter said Wednesday night on Twitter.

The battle for the 47th Congressional District stayed relatively under the radar for most of the election cycle, but emerged in recent weeks as a fiercely fought campaign, as Republicans built momentum in a number of California congressional races.

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