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Katie Hill, a Democratic Party candidate from California's 25th congressional district speaks to supporters during an election watch party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Hill is running against Republican incumbent Steve Knight. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Katie Hill wins California's 25th District as Steve Knight concedes

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WASHINGTON (Circa) — Democrat Katie Hill won California's 25th District, beating out incumbent Steve Knight, who conceded the race Wednesday.

The district, just north of Los Angeles, was one of the Democrats' biggest targets in an effort to win back the House. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the reliably Republican area.

In a closely watched race, Hill was able to steal the congressional seat from Knight, the Republican incumbent.

Throughout the campaign, Hill described herself as a progressive candidate, but also championed more moderate positions, with health care and housing affordability at the top of her priorities. Her refusal to accept donations from super PACs sent a message to her party that she's not interested in outsider influence. According to the Sacramento Bee, Hill raised $6.1 million in individual contributions, compared to her challenger's nearly $900,000.

Knight, a former state senator and police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, poised himself as moderate Republican throughout his campaign, particularly distancing himself from Trump's immigration policies. Knight criticized the administration for separating children from their parents at the border and has expressed interested in backing legal residency for DACA recipients.

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