Dems pick up House seat in California, expand net gain to five
November 16th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Dems pick up House seat in California, expand net gain to five

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray conceded Friday to Democrat Scott Peters in California's 52nd congressional district, giving Democrats a net gain of five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a statement conceding the race, Bilbray congratulated his opponent and thanked his supporters.

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"This was an expensive and hard-fought campaign that drew national interest," Bilbray wrote. "I appreciate the spirited dialogue that often accompanies campaigns like this one. While Scott and I differ sharply on how to handle the issues facing our nation, now is the time to put those differences aside and find common ground to address our country's many challenges."

The latest results from the California secretary of state show Peters leading Bilbray by 2,660 votes.

Democrats maintain a slight lead in each of the three additional House races that remain too close to call.

A fourth unresolved House race in Louisiana will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in a December 8 run-off election.

The balance of power now stands at 234 Republicans, which includes the winner of the Louisiana race, and 198 Democrats. Before the election, Republicans held 242 seats and Democrats had 193.

The remaining races are Arizona's second district between Republican Martha McSally and Democratic incumbent Rep. Ron Barber; Florida's 18th district between Republican incumbent Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy; and North Carolina's seventh district between Republican David Rouzer and Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre.

–CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • California • House of Representatives
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. rs

    it must be said-
    Remind me again-
    Which Party was against Women's Rights in this election?
    Which party tried to infringe on Voter's Rights in this election?
    Which Party wanted to give the richest 125,000 Americans another $800,000 in tax cuts (each)?
    Which Party is against equal pay for eaqual work?

    Get the hint yet?

    November 16, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. RR

    Keep it coming. Just wait until the 2014 elections. The House will lose and Obama will win!

    November 16, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    the route continues!

    November 16, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "What are baggers smoking?"

    Carpet Fresh.

    November 16, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Name s Ogunde

    Anyone against Obama is still chewing on sour grapes!! He won the election so deal with it!!

    November 16, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Patrick in Wisconsin

    rosc, quite whining. You lost. Get over it. Better luck in 2016, but until then, either move this country forward or get out of the freakin way!

    November 16, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    OMG – you guys really need to start getting to the middle ! I mean, this country is changing, can't you guys see that ? I think there are some decent conservatives, but why do you guys want to conntinue to go so far to the right, and trying to please the T party – and whomever – and the whacko's that are the holy rollers ? Even the people in the middle has been questioning your sanity.
    Why didn't you guys put the ony one ( and I Mean the Only One who was "Sane" ) up against Obama ? Trouble is : Jon Huntsman bailed out, and of all those people that was up there speaking during the primaries, he was the ONLY ONE who made sense – - it's really too bad, you could have gotten more votes, even more independents – more dems – but you guys chose such a flip flopper on many issues. At Least Hunstman was solid on his views. Your party is getting to be shameful, GOP'ers.

    November 16, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Wilson

    @rs

    Wilson-
    Think, man, think! Mr. Obama got 93% of the Black vote nationwide. In voting districts that are all Black, who would get those votes?

    Vacuous attempts to make Romneys big loss sound like some sort of conspiracy meake me go Hmmmmm when I wonder if you have any independent thoughts!.
    ------------------------------------–
    You just blew any credibility you ever had. #1. Not all black people voted for Obama, I know some that didn't, they were not all that stupid, even you said "93%" so were the other 7% not counted? #2 Do a little research before you make yourself look even less intelligent, not all those districts were populated by only black people.

    November 16, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    OMG – you guys really need to start getting to the middle ! I mean, this country is changing, can't you guys see that ? I think there are some decent conservatives, but why do you guys want to conntinue to go so far to the right, and trying to please the T party – and whomever – and the whacko's that are the holy rollers ? Even the people in the middle has been questioning your sanity.
    Why didn't you guys put the ony one ( and I Mean the Only One who was "Sane" ) up against Obama ? Trouble is : Jon Huntsman bailed out, and of all those people that was up there speaking during the primaries, he was the ONLY ONE who made sense – – it's really too bad, you could have gotten more votes, even more independents – more dems – but you guys chose such a flip flopper on many issues. At Least Hunstman was solid on his views. Your party is getting to be shameful, GOP'ers

    November 16, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    In 2010 the GOP won 60+ local elections that represented those House local districts. In 2012, 5 were taken back and still counting, literally. Not only did the libs hang on to 23 seats in the Senate, we ousted 2 GOPers for a new count of 55 vs. 45.

    The only national election we hold is the Presidential election, that is truly what representes the "will of the people" and therefore, a mandate is given to the winner and the agenda the winner ran on.

    Rest assured, if Robme had won with the exact same percentages and popular vote, it would have been "mandate" against Obamacare, equal pay rights for woman and a mandate that women were little more than bi-pedal incubators.

    So, get ready GOP take the loss and get to work following the leader, President Obama!

    November 16, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    See the hand writing on the wall yet gop morons and romney the tax cheat . Lucky he didn't get elected ,you can already see he is unstable ,just like his wife said .and thank you gop idiots party donors for dumping all your money down the toilet for romney a four time loser for political office and lyin Ryan the one miniute man.

    November 16, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Wilson.....Wiiiillsoooonnn....over here boy. Now get back on topic. This article is about the continuing Teatard massacre. Are you enjoying it? I am!!! Will you be having a celebratory beer tonite? No??? Well, rest assured that I will, and I'll have another while I dance on YOUR political grave.

    And do note also that not all white people were so incredibly dumb to vote for the slippery Mitt. Those of any color who did vote for Mitt FAILED their IQ tests. You people are a genetic bit-flip away from showing dominant Neanderthal traits.

    November 16, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Mike kerns

    The best thing for America is for the republikan/tea party to continue down that dead end road to the dung heaps of history, where they belong. :)

    November 16, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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