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. Dennis

    Republicans still control the House. There needs to be some balance to slow up Obama.

    November 16, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Balance maybe.......what we don't need is an anchor.

    November 16, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Rosco

    Reid and pelosi are anchors, so is oconnell, d.c. is totally off the tracks and yes i do blame obammy, we need a real pres, not a celeberty

    November 16, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Wilson

    An anchor is needed when the "ship" begins to go off the waterfall due to bad decisions by the captain.

    November 16, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Republicans can put on quite the show of false and misleading statements. The GOTP claims they have a mandate from the People because they still control the House, despite the fact that they lost seats in both chambers and the race for the White House.

    November 16, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Good news. Keep it going.

    November 16, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Dan

    Now if they can just stop being enslaved by the extreme wing nuts in their bases, maybe put taxes back in line with what they were for most of the modern era, and cut costs across the board a bit (including medicaid and military), we can make some progress.

    November 16, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    "Balance"? Why? The majority voted Obama back in, so it stands to reason that they'd want his policies enacted. But setting that aside, the larger question is: why even have a congress? A congress in a large empire like ours is about as useful as an appendix or wisdom teeth. They figured this out in Italy over 2000 years ago and relegated their own Senate to its proper role of rubber-stamping the decisions of their "chief executive". As a result, they flourished. For a while.

    November 16, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. kayla

    i see the haters are coming up for air

    November 16, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. n

    @ Dennis, your side lost the bid for the presidency and now it's time to move forward working together as one nation for the people, by the people and of the people. Get over yourself. Shish, some people ;(

    November 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. it must be said

    >kayla
    >i see the haters are coming up for air

    yes, i hate socialists spreading class warfare and ginning up divisiveness and hatred toward any segment of our citizens. obama is full of hate and he shows in on a regular basis.

    November 16, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    @ Data Driven – You are absolutely Correct , regarding the "congress" remark – – all our president has to do is : use the power of VETO – if congress acts like little children – Also, he CAN and HAS used the Power of "Executive Decision" or I guess some will call it, executive privilge –
    I hope Obama holds out – at least til we get in a new dem majority – in 2014 – – right now, it's like climbing Mt.Everest, barefooted , for Obama.

    November 16, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Wilson

    Entire districts in Ohio, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania with 0 votes for Romney, not one. Things that make you go....hmmmmmmm. One, maybe, but 59 in Pennsylvania alone???? Yeah right.

    November 16, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Larry in Houston

    @ Data Driven – You are absolutely Correct , regarding the "congress" remark – – all our president has to do is : use the power of VETO – if congress acts like little children – Also, he CAN and HAS used the Power of "Executive Decision" or I guess some will call it, executive privilge –
    I hope Obama holds out – at least til we get in a new dem majority – in 2014 – – right now, it's like climbing Mt.Everest, barefooted , for Obama.

    November 16, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. cnnife

    What a shame! Mitt and and Paul were not even able to win states where they were born and raise.

    November 16, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Let's Move Forward

    @kayla-you are so right. I think some of the haters had a emotional meltdown.

    November 16, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Republicans can put on quite the show of false and misleading statements. The GOTP claims they have a mandate from the People because they still control the House, despite the fact that they lost seats in both chambers and the race for the White House."

    They also lost the popular vote for the House. Dems running for the House got more votes than GOPers running for the House. The only reason the GOP kept more seats is due to gerrymandering districts in the states they controlled. Were there to be a uniform system of districting, the GOP would be dead in the water and would likely have 20 or 30 less seats than the Dems right now.

    November 16, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Obama has been trying to keep America afloat, and the republicans are there tying his hands. Republicans are a blight on humanity.

    November 16, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    @kayla – I see the haters are coming up for air, you got to be kidding. Didn't they leave the country already or did Canada throw them back.

    November 16, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. 2012liberal

    Keep em coming. Waiting 4 az. Bet obama ends up w more popular vote count then romney and hope 2 c sen flake lose seat 2 carmona!

    November 16, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Belle

    @Claudia,Houston,Tx
    I have read a few comments of yours and conclude that you are a very petty and mean spirited person.
    Don't bother to reply with your usual vitriol and juvenile drivel.
    I am not a Republican but am saddened that you allow tour country to be so divided and revel in it.
    Shame on you.

    November 16, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Bush lost the popular vote by 500,000 votes, and he thought he had a mandate. Obama wins by 3 million votes, and has 332 electoral votes, but that is not a mandate. What are baggers smoking?

    November 16, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Claudia – Canada has socialist medicine, so the baggers must be heading to Somalia.

    November 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. 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!.

    November 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. rosco

    oh please get real obammy only cares about himself, you are very foolish to believe otherwise

    November 16, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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