In the 45th district of California, Republican incumbent Mimi Walters was declared the winner this Tuesday in the midterm election. However, Democrat Katie Porter may still have a chance at the House seat. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, there are an estimated 366,436 ballots left to count countywide. Mimi Walters in leading by less than 1%, or around 2,000 votes.
Although it is no surprise that it takes a very long time to count thousands of votes accurately, it is grossly ignorant for elections that are so close to be called the night of. Most of those 366,436 ballots probably do not all cover the 45th district, let alone all for Katie Porter. Walters is unpopular in her district, but it still covers part of Newport Beach, an extremely conservative city. Walters is also the incumbent, so apolitical or Republican voters would have voted her back in.
I personally do not endorse either one, because both are pretty far on each side of the isle. Mimi Walters voting record aligns almost exactly with the President, even though her constituents tend to be more moderate. Her district voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election, despite being considered leaning conservative. Meanwhile, Katie Porter has been endorsed by Elizabeth Warren, and is a poster child for the left’s blue wave. Porter, a UC Irvine Professor of law, supports gun control, universal healthcare, and Planned Parenthood.
Both are fairly out of touch with the district they are running for, but it is anyone’s game at this point. However, we can count that they will only vote with their party, not for the people of Orange County. This is not even similar to other nearby districts, like CA-48, which replaced Dana Rohrabacher with Harley Rouda, a former Republican. Dana Rohrabacher is known for his ties to Russia and his 15 terms in the House, so it was no question that his constituents would want him amount. Rouda is leading by 4% at the moment.