BREAKING: Jeff Denham is history

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Just minutes ago, the Associated Press announced that Republican Rep. Jeff Denham has indeed lost his re-election battle to Democrat Josh Harder, ticking the number of congressional seats won by Democrats in the Golden State in 2018 up one more.

This brings the total number of seats flipped by Democrats so far in California to five with Young Kim leading Gil Cisneros by the smallest of margins. Once all the ballots are counted in that race, Kim could wind up losing, too.

As it stands, it appears that David Valadao will hold his seat, albeit narrowly (the margin could come down to two points or fewer).

It sure looks like the GOP tax bill, which raised taxes for many Californians by virtue of its treatment of state and local tax deductions, was an electoral loser for the party, helping to cost it a significant block of members who had guaranteed the GOP majority.

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