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.

Malou Mariano November 07, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I voted for Gary de Long and campaigned for him. His experience as a businessman would benefit the problems re economy facing the constituency. Someone who is fiscally conservative is what the country needs today. Councilman Gary de Long would best represent the citizenry and do what is best for them.
Panglonymous November 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Campaign becalmed. Back to the council under motor power.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Has anybody checked on John this morning? John, I have been there. Take a high dose of a vitamin B, excedrin and a chocolate milk, then go back to bed until your head stops throbbing.
None of Your Business November 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
So who won? The poll posted on this sloppy piece of journalism suggests that DeLong won. Delong 93,047 and Lowenthal 74,952. Let me guess.. we have recently instituted an electoral college in Californa and they decided that DeLong won.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Easy chief, the headline tells you who won. That is just a glitch in teh graphic. Lowenthal won. here is an alternative source if it makes you need further confirmation: http://graphics.latimes.com/2012-election-results-california/#/us_house/5832
Glendora November 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Maybe Delong can now focus on working with the residents of his District instead of lining his pockets with political contributions from his 2nd Street commercial property owner buddies (Lorber and friends) and the bars owners that are a growing cancer on the community.
Mike Ruehle November 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I understand DeLong did not make a statement to the public during or after the talley of election results. Does anyone know whether DeLong graciously called Lowenthal to offer his congratulations or did DeLong AGAIN reinforce his spoiled brat trust fund baby persona by sulking, similar to when he was unable to get his way on Home Depot and 2nd & PCH? If not, that alone indicates the classless behavior disqualifying DeLong from ANY leadership position and raises questions about his self-stated ability to reach across the aisle to gain consensus.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
He probably saw the glitch in this Patch article and was holding out to contest the results ;-)
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Everyone be nice to each other, and to the editor, for she has about 3 hours sleep. :D Glitch fixed. I think it is hard for anyone to lose. I was with DeLong earlier in the evening, when he was 2% ahead in mostly absentee balloting. He lead in Orange County, and lagged in Los Angeles County, and the percentage spread was very close to the voter registration spread.
Mike Ruehle November 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Lowenthal won by an 11% margin overall including Orange County. However, the margin was much greater at 26.4% in Long Beach, where voters have experience with DeLong's leadership compared to Lowenthal. http://www.lbreport.com/news/nov12/eleclow.htm Long Beach, the city where DeLong is Councilman, actually serves as a "home town disadvantage." DeLong was forced to rely heavily upon republican weighed Orange County voters who were unfamiliar with DeLong's past actions and positions. But that won't be the case next time when DeLong runs for higher office. He won't be able to rely upon voter ignorance to get him elected. DeLong's name is now out there. He has been dubbed by his party as one of the "young guns." Now DeLong's positions, actions and treatment of residents will be under much greater scrutiny from a wider voter population and his own party. Most people seeking higher office would learn from and try to patch up their previous mistakes after such a beating in their home town. Not DeLong. In the 6 years I have known him, DeLong has reversed his position on multiple issues. Yet DeLong's has turned possible allies into enemies because he never went back to mend the fences after originally belittling those who opposed his original position. DeLong must address his ego and arrogance issues to survive in politics. It's not always “my way or the highway”. But does he have the capacity?
Watts November 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
"He lead in Orange County, and lagged in Los Angeles County" Nobody saw that coming ;-)
Panglonymous November 07, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Young Guns droop in CA shootouts (Seven shots - Six misfires) http://www.gopyoungguns.com/candidates CA3 John Garamendi (D) 96,272 53.8% Kim Vann (R) 82,587 46.2% Cty: Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba CA9 Jerry McNerney (D) 85,352 54.1% Ricky Gill (R) 72,340 45.9% Cty: Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin CA21 John Hernandez (D) 32,967 40.1% David G. Valadao (R) 49,205 59.9% Cty: Fresno, Kern, KIngs, Tulare CA24 Lois Capps (D) 119,345 54.8% Abel Maldonado (R) 98,391 45.2% Cty: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura CA26 Julia Brownley (D) 105,734 51.7% Tony Strickland (R) 98,635 48.3% Cty: Los Angeles, Ventura CA41 Mark Takano (D) 71,135 56.4% John Tavaglione (R) 55,081 43.6% Cty: Riverside CA47 Alan Lowenthal (D) 93,047 55.4% Gary DeLong (R) 74,952 44.6% Cty: Los Angeles, Orange - (Lois Capps was the only incumbent.)
Glendora November 07, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I like to think that the GOP has now seen the light and realized that there is no broad based support for Delong in this District which unfortunately means that we are probably stuck with him on City Council for a while.
Nancy Wride (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Better link: http://belmontshore.patch.com/blog_posts/leaving-for-more-conservative-pastures
Mike Ruehle November 08, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Maybe Greet will take him to Idaho with him. You can only hope.
Mike Ruehle November 08, 2012 at 09:18 PM
DeLong even lost in his own district to Lowenthal with voting of 8,785 to 9,791. Lowenthal won EVERY city council district in Long Beach. What does this say about DeLong's representation of voters in DeLong's own City Council District 3 who would rather have someone other than DeLong represent them in congress? http://www.lbreport.com/news/nov12/elecvots.htm
met00 November 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Deja vu. The following was posted as a comment on letsfixlosal.com when Edgar was still in the campaign... February 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm Actually, when you take out the debt of each campaign you see that Edgar and Kuykendall have raised about the same amount. That DeLong has been busting hump and has out-raised them by over 350% and that Lowenthal who has not really started fundraising as he has no Democratic Primary opponent is at about 250% better fundraising than Edgar and Kuykendall. So, in a +11(D) district Lowenthal should sweep in with the (D) vote to the General, leaving (if we go with the better financed candidate has the best chance of winning) the General as Lowenthal .v. DeLong. Also, remember that Edgar’s big “push” was that he was the OC GOP candidate. That has been shattered by DeLong getting endorsements from various OC representatives and high profile OC GOP. The only thing that actually has been surprising for me in the race to date is that Kuykendall, who has served in Congress for one term already, has not tapped into the funds available for the GOP from Washington lobbyists whom he should have connections with from his one term in Congress. I had given his connections to DC an advantage in fund raising, but he seems to be unable to produce such connections leaving him mired back in the pack with Edgar. [note that my %'s above are general as I didn't take the time to do the math, but just eyeballed the numbers]
met00 November 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM
note that back then the (D)+11 was talked about as something that made the district a safe (D). That DeLong ever thought he had a chance of winning a (D)+11 shocked me (I heard him talk twice). In 1994 when Bob Dornan's district was (R)+4 there were major questions if a (D) could take it because as crazy as B-1 Bob was, there was doubt that the +4 could be overcome. And remember we are talking about CRAZY B-1 Bob here and a +4 and the concerns that as nuts as B-1 Bob was, it still was just barely competitive. Lowenthal is sane. Lowenthal was a popular elected State Senator without any scandalous baggage. Not what a GOP candidate needs going into an election with an 11 point deficit to make up. It took two rounds at B-1 Bob to take him out of Congress (the first (D) to run was as badly flawed as the Democrats could find), with the second attempt going to a hand counting of the ballots and claims of election fraud. Unless Lowenthal gets caught on film pole dancing at a transgender nightclub in drag (and considering it's Long Beach, that may not actually hurt his electoral chances) this will be his district until he determines the need to step down.
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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