47th Congressional District: Lowenthal Beats DeLong

Democratic state senator defeats Republican Long Beach city councilman in closely watched race for U.S. House of Representatives.


47th Congressional District Votes % Gary DeLong  74,952 44.6 Alan Lowenthal 93,047 55.4

406 of 406 precincts reporting.

7:00 a.m.  Alan Lowenthal wins the Orange County-Long Beach Congressional seat with about an 11% majority, which is roughly how many more Democrats than Republicans are registered in the new U.S. House of Representatives District.

1:35 a.m. Update: This race for the U.S. House of Representatives seat straddling west Orange County and Long Beach remained a less than 5%-point race. It is one of several California congressional races in which both national parties were investing resources and attention, hoping to win the House majority.

State Senator Alan Lowenthal's election night party was a lively and very loud group at La Traviata, a downtown Long Beach restaurant. "I'm feeling confident, but it's still early," said Lowenthal, a Democrat.

Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong's election night party was also an upbeat affair, with streams of people collecting in the upstairs of the Long Beach Yacht Club overlooking Alamitos Bay. "I'm ahead by 2%, which means nothing right now," DeLong said, adding with a smile, "But two percent ahead is still better than 2% behind." 

As of 8:50 p.m. From the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voter's Office, coupled with Orange County Registrar numbers, and 0 precincts reporting, DeLong holds a 929-vote lead, boosted by Orange County's absentee ballots.

2 p.m.: Candidate Alan Lowenthal fires a campaign worker in the Garden Grove office after she's accused of removing Stanton lawn signs for opponent Gary DeLong. Orange County Sheriff's Department confirms that a report was filed reporting campaign sign removal. More here.

Midday Tuesday: Candidate DeLong votes at the Masonic Temple in Park Estates, Long Beach. (see photo). Candidate Lowenthal said he voted by mail early.

Before sunrise on Tuesday, 33,523 voters had already cast their ballots in this race for the new U.S. House of Representatives seat spreading from Long Beach to Orange County. According to Eric Bauman, chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the early voting ballots broke down to 16,057 Democrats and 10,816 Republicans--and that's just in L.A. County.

Democratic State Senator Alan Lowenthal and Republican Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong face off in what is expected to be very competitive race.

The congressional seat was created via the redistricting process and its registered voters favor Democrats by about 10% but another 26% are undecided, or declined to state a party.

"DeLong has raised a lot of money to be sure," Bauman said, "and this race is still going to be closer than I prefer. But I  think that Lowenthal's record and reputation in the Long Beach community is stellar and I think he's better known."

Yet DeLong won Orange County's voters in the 47th district, which includes Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Stanton, Westminster and other cities. Like the presidential race, voter turn-out is considered the deciding factor.

Mike Ruehle November 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
So, are you saying DeLong is delusional or just not very bright?
met00 November 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Mike, I think that the odds were never in favor of ANYONE in that district if they didn't have a (D) after their name. Heck Matthews could have won it if Lowenthal had not decided it was his seat. The original piece was published on letsfixlosal.com while Edgar was still in the hunt, but when he was losing traction fast. Note that I had already called it for DeLong before Edgar cut the deal with Royce to drop out from there and go to AD-72 (where he got beat by Travis Allen). Had Edgar NOT switched from (D) to (R) back when he decided that being an (R) in the OC was the only way to move up the political ladder, he could have actually ran and won as a (D) [or at least stood a chance]. But Edgar, always the opportunist, seems to only work on a short term strategy process so he did what he usually does, hurt himself more than anyone else could. DeLong's decision was based more on hope than on anything else. The hope that somehow he could somehow leverage the OC Republicans into a winning coalition with his limited support in LB from City Council. In order to win in LB he had to appear as a moderate (R). In order to excite the (R) base in OC he would have to appear as a TeaParty Nutcase. Can't be both (as we saw with his climate change denier BS). (D)+11... looks like I'll be represented by someone who actually shares some of my values for the first time in over 20 years.
Mike Ruehle November 14, 2012 at 07:35 AM
DeLong called Lowenthal 2 days after the election to concede and wish Lowenthal his best. If DeLong was classy, he might have offered his "best" the day after the election. http://www.lbreport.com/news/nov12/dellow.htm DeLong has yet to grant a media interview to provide his reaction to being defeated by Lowenthal in his own City Council district, as well as EVERY other district in Long Beach where DeLong is councilman. http://www.lbreport.com/news/nov12/elecvots.htm
Mike Ruehle November 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM
DeLong failed to attend his first city council meeting since losing the election. What are we paying him for?
Shawn Pearson November 15, 2012 at 06:57 AM
DeLong is a slimy, patronizing politician who only looks after for two groups of people: Himself (first and foremost) and those who have their hands in his pockets.


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