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Democrat Harder ousts California GOP US Rep. Denham

LOS ANGELES — Democrat Josh Harder has upset U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, a four-term Republican from California’s farm belt.

Harder was declared the winner Tuesday as updated vote totals showed that his lead was insurmountable. It’s the fourth Republican-held US House seat in California picked up by Democrats.

Divisions over President Donald Trump, health care and the #MeToo movement shaped the race in the Central Valley’s 10th District.

Harder, a 32-year-old venture capitalist, argued Republicans in Washington are not doing enough to help an area with high poverty. He also criticized the 51-year-old Denham for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Two other U.S. House races in Southern California’s Orange County remain too close to call.

The Associated Press