One of the remaining unsettled California congressional contests has been won by Democratic challenger Ami Bera. Dan Lungren, the former Long Beach area lawmaker who has also been the state's attorney general and the Republican nominee for governor, lost by more than 5,000 votes. The margin on election night was fewer than 200 votes. The race in the Sacramento suburbs was one of the most expensive in the country. Timeline of Lungren's career.
Bera, a physician, becomes the sole Indian American in Congress, says India West. Another doctor, Democrat Raul Ruiz, defeated Republican Rep. Mary Bono in the Palm Springs area. In San Diego County, Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray still trails Democrat Scott Peters by 2,660 votes.