Valadao’s victory brings the number of seats in California that flipped Republican to three—and potentially four—more than any other state.
The two other California contests that saw Republicans eke out wins against Democrats were in the 39th District, where Young Kim (R) beat incumbent Rep. Gil Cisneros (D) and the 48th District, in which Michelle Steel (R) won against Rep. Harley Rouda (D).
Updated results posted by the Californian Secretary of State’s office on Nov. 24 showed Garcia ahead by 387 votes, slightly lower than the 400-vote margin the previous week that prompted Garcia to declare a win.
“After a long, tough fight, I am proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for another two years,” Garcia said in a statement released Friday. “With only a few remaining ballots to be counted, victory is clear.”
In the 2020 election so far, Democrats have won at least 222 House seats, according to The Associated Press. They are poised for two more years of controlling the chamber, but with a slim majority.
Republicans, meanwhile, have so far flipped at least eight House seats and now have 205 in the 435-member chamber, as a surge of Republican voters transformed expected Democrat gains of perhaps 15 seats into losses potentially approaching that amount.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) several weeks ago bemoaned Democrat losses in districts where Republican votes proved “almost insurmountable.”
By holding the House, Democrats will control the chamber for four consecutive years for only the second time since 1995, when Republicans ended 40 years of Democrat dominance.
Democrats went into Election Day with a 232–197 House advantage, plus an independent and five open seats. With some races remaining undecided, it’s possible that in the new Congress that convenes in January, they will have the smallest majority since Republicans held just 221 seats two decades ago.