Ami Bera came to the nation's capital this week for freshman orientation in the House, not yet knowing if he had actually won a seat.

Longtime GOP Rep. Dan Lungren has lost his seat in Congress to Democratic challenger Ami Bera in a close race to represent the eastern Sacramento County suburbs.
1946: Born Sept. 22 in Long Beach. His father, Dr. John C. Lungren, became Richard Nixon's longtime personal physician.
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Rep. Dan Lungren, trailing by 3,824 votes a week after Election Day, has not conceded, and the ballots won't be tallied fully for several more days.
Democrat Ami Bera clung to a razor-thin lead Wednesday in his fight to unseat Republican Rep. Dan Lungren in the 7th Congressional District, with ballot counting in the close race expected to stretch into next week.
As he has done in campaigns since Eisenhower beat Stevenson the first time, Rep. Dan Lungren is walking with a slight limp.

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