LaMalfa projected to win 1'st congressional district

Update as of 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, November 7

LaMalfa has a commanding lead on Denney with 56.3 percent of the votes counted so far compared to Denney's 43.7 percent.

Doug LaMalfa has been projected to win the race for California's 1'st congressional district.

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Incumbent congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) has a healthy lead on democratic challenger Audrey Denney in early returns.

With 23 percent of the precincts reporting, LaMalfa has 57.5 percent of the vote to Denney's 43.5 percent.

Denney raised more than a million dollars in her bid to replace LaMalfa, more than he raised in the District 1 republican stronghold.

"Getting a win is a victory whether you win by one point or by, you know, five touchdowns it gets you where you need to go," said LaMalfa from the Ramada Inn in Chico in the midst of his election night party.

During the race, the two candidates traded barbs about fundraising. LaMalfa accused Denney of getting most of her money from out of the area, while Denney accused LaMalfa of being beholden to political action committees and corporate business interests.

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