Dems pick up another seat in House
November 15th, 2012
11:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Dems pick up another seat in House

(CNN) – Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren of California will lose his battle for re-election against Ami Bera, CNN projected Thursday, meaning Democrats will pick up another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Vote tallies from the Sacramento County elections office show Bera leads Lungren 51.1% to 48.9%, with a raw vote margin of 5,696.

Bera's win gives Democrats a net gain of four House seats, with another four House seats still too close to call. Democrats maintain a slight lead in each remaining contest.
A fifth unresolved House race in Louisiana will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in a December 8 run-off election.

The balance of power in the House now stands at 234 Republicans and 197 Democrats. Before the election, Republicans held 242 seats and Democrats had 193.

CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

Filed under: California • Dan Lungren
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    I still predict a 200 235 result.
    Which woud be a loss of 7 seats for Republicans. When you lose 14% of your majority i.e.7/49 I am finding it difficult to not interpret that as some loss of whatever mandate they think they have, especially when combined with the loss of popular vote also. If Republicans dont stop saying NO then very shortly I think they will lose a couple of governorships as well.

    November 15, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. JD

    Yawn. Keep trying to vote yourself to prosperity. You're just voting other people to millionaires. Sleep well.

    November 15, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. plain&simple

    234 to 201 seats....wait until the country sees how the republican majority votes this budget cycle. Could be nervous time for two years. Let's hope this congress realizes It's best interest is to put our countries best intrest first.....Obama did win and his vision was well described!!! No etch a sketch here....

    November 16, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. Bob Burns

    Had the Republicans not redistricted half of the seats they won the Democrats would have the majority now, but not all is lost, if they try to govern through obstruction this time, they will loose the majority vote(s) in two years, also the fact that Democrats actually received more votes in the house further promotes the argument of a mandate election.
    Bay of Wigs!

    November 16, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. anonymouse

    Dan Lungren represented the worst of our political system. Refusing to uphold a statewide ban on semi-automatic assault rifles as attorney general, Dan lungren was more of the problem than the solution as DA. He lost by a landslide to Gray Davis for his bid for governor and now he is out of Congress. Thank goodness he is gone.

    November 16, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |

    Keep it up Republicans,..your sour grapes, your fake conspiracy theories, your hateful rhetoric, your vile attacks against the POTUS,..the American people are sick and disgusted with your tactics. Mid term elections in 2014, you will lose the House big time.

    November 16, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. Thomas

    This is the best news of the day !
    The only thing that would top this great news . Would be hearing that Darrell Issa had lost his seat..

    What ever happened to honest fiscal conservatives such as Pete McCloskey ?

    November 16, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Another few election cycles will see the end of the GOP stranglehold on the House of Representatives. And good riddance it will be to a party that is mired in the dark ages, denies science, hates women, dismisses minorities and just won't be civil even to the President of the United States. It's only a matter of time until we can get our nation back on track without these warped bird dogs funded by secret money of the uber rich. And of course, we will see a correction in the so far less than supreme court and rid ourselves of Citizens United and any other anti-people anti-democratic with small d legislation that robs the people of their rights and the right to have their vote count.

    November 16, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Gregory M. Newbold

    Some 30 years ago, the Republican party, via Ronald Reagan began to remake the Federal judiciary; including stacking the Supreme Court. This has given Republicans a disproportionate and lasting influence over American policy issues.

    Democrats were outmanuevered then and only through keeping the Whitehouse in 2016.

    Similarly, Republicans have gerry_mandered Congressional districts to give them disproportionate influence in the House of Representatives. Kudos to the GOP for for focusing winning Governorships & Secretary of Stateships that allow them to do this. Democrats need to raise their game. Who has this responsibility? For all her smarts, can Ms. Wasserman-Schultz be a Congresswoman AND be a fulltime, long range strategist?

    November 16, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. Emma in Baltimore

    It's surprising and encouraging to see how little difference the super pacs made on the elections. Hopefully people will see them as ineffective money pits and opt out of funding them.

    November 16, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    With the advent of idiotic notions of GOP i am not blaming this nation TURNING BLUE ALL USA INTOTO....

    November 16, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  12. Willie Floyd

    "We are women hear us roar, in numbers too big to ignore"–Helen Reddy. Congrats lady!!!


    November 16, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The country continues to deteriorate.

    November 16, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |