Dem Mike Levin wins Issa's open House seat in southern California

Dem Mike Levin wins Issa's open House seat in southern California

Democrat Mike Levin has defeated Republican Diane Harkey to win the House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaIssa's Senate confirmation hearing delayed over concerns about background check The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate Issa says he will run for Congress if not confirmed to trade post by Nov. 3 MORE (R-Calif.).

The win in California's 49th District gives Democrats a seat that had become a high priority since Issa eked out a win in 2016.

Issa, who won reelection in 2016 by only 1,621 votes, announced in January that he was retiring from the district, which covers affluent portions of Orange and San Diego counties.


The district, which went to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGiuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Sanders hits 1 million donors Democrats will not beat Trump without moderate policy ideas MORE in the 2016 presidential election, was rated “lean Democratic” by election prognosticators, and Levin was ahead in the polls going into Election Day even as registered Republicans outnumbered Democrats.

Levin, 40, is a former executive director of the Orange County Democratic Party and former director of government affairs for a clean energy company. This was his first campaign for political office.

Levin made environmental policies and climate change a central part of his campaign. He also supports "Medicare for all," a $15 minimum wage and a ban on assault rifles.