Calif. Rep. Lungren loses reelection bid

Democrat Ami Bera has defeated Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) in one of the closest House races of the cycle.

Bera and Lungren finished within a few hundred votes of one another on election night, but Bera's lead has grown in recent days as mail-in and provisional ballots were counted. He leads Lungren by slightly fewer than 4,000 votes with some ballots still left to be counted.

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The Associated Press called the race for Bera late Thursday evening.

The contest was a rematch between the two: Bera narrowly lost to Lungren in 2010, surprising observers with a better-than-expected performance and strong fundraising skills.

This cycle, Democrats made a major target of Lungren, a four-term lawmaker, spending heavily on Bera's behalf and bringing in former President Bill Clinton to campaign for him. Republicans just as strongly supported Lungren.

Their contest featured a lot outside spending, with labor unions, super-PACs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce all heavily involved.

The AP's call leaves five House races undecided: Reps. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) hold narrow leads in their ballot counts; Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is disputing his race, where he trails by a few thousand votes; Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) narrowly trails Democrat Scott Peters; and Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) and Jeff Landry (R-La.) are heading to early-December runoffs.

— This story was updated at 8:52 p.m.