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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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