LOS ANGELES – It seemed like things could hardly get any worse for the California Republicans.
But on Thursday, the party admitted a seventh congressional seat in California when the Democrats completed all Republican seats in California districts where Hillary Clinton had defeated President Trump. The Democrats are now likely to take 40 seats from the Republicans as they take control of Congress decisively.
David Valadao, a Republican who has represented Central California since 2013 – and was re-elected with 57 percent of the vote in 2016 – was defeated by TJ Cox, an engineer making a second bid for the congress. "Representing the Central Valley in Congress was an honor for life," Valadao said in his concession statement.
The Republicans used his survival for weeks as a rare glimmer of good news from election day. When the election officials counted the votes for the mail-in in the following weeks, Mr. Cox shortened the leadership of Mr. Valadao. The A.P. withdrew his claim when the results showed that Mr. Cox was progressing further.
The recent defeat of the Republicans underscores the political strain Mr Trump has on candidates for his party in California. It is also a charge against Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the Republican majority leader in Parliament, who urged the members of his delegation to support the laws the Democrats are using against them, including a campaign to lift the health bill by President Barack Obama and a Republican tax cut drastically reduced state and local tax deductions, which were appreciated by many California homeowners.
The Republicans now control seven of the 53 seats in the California Congressional delegation. Before the election, they had 14 seats.
wife. Clinton defeated Mr. Trump in California in 2016 with nearly four million votes and beat him in Orange County, a result that was seen by many Democrats and Republicans as a particularly strong warning. However, Jim Brulte, the leader of the state's Republican Party, denies that Trump alone is responsible for the party's problems in California and noted that the Republicans there have lost ground all the time.
In addition to this loss in Central Valley, The Democrats swept all four Republican seats in Orange County, once a symbol of the conservative Republican movement. They also gained a seat in the north of Los Angeles and another in central California.
Some of the best known names in Republican politics in California will not return to Washington after this election, either because they were defeated in anticipation of defeat or were likely to lose. Among them is Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who lost to Harley Rouda, a Republican who became Democrat; and Representative Darrell Issa, who retired and was replaced by Mike Levin, a Democratic lawyer.