CALIFORNIA: Dem Gil Cisneros Flips US House Seat

NBC News Los Angeles reports:

Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California late on Saturday, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the state’s 39th District seat.

The Cisneros victory cements a stunning political realignment that will leave a vast stretch of the Los Angeles metropolitan area under Democratic control in the House.

With Kim’s defeat, four Republican-held House districts all or partly in Orange County, California, a one-time nationally known GOP stronghold southeast of Los Angeles, will have shifted in one election to the Democratic column. The change means that the county — Richard Nixon’s birthplace and site of his presidential library — will only have Democrats representing its residents in Washington next year.

In 2010 Cisneros and his wife won the $266 million MegaMillions jackpot. They then launched a foundation that supports education for Latino students.