DOWNTOWN — Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) held off a challenge by a better funded Independent challenger to retain his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to voting results.

Waxman captured 53.7 percent of the vote to Bill Bloomfield’s 46.3 among voters in the 33rd District, which includes Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Malibu and the South Bay to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Bloomfield, who had long been a player in the Republican Party, announced that he was running as an Independent as he tried to unseat one of the longest-serving members of Congress.

Despite being outspent by nearly $4 million, Waxman was holding a slim edge over Bloomfield as early results were released on Tuesday night. Once 100 percent of precincts were counted on Wednesday morning Waxman was declared the winner.

Waxman, the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, previously held the seat in the 30th Congressional District, but redistricting created the new 33rd, which changed quite a bit from its previous geographic area. Chief among the changes was the addition of the South Bay area that stretches nearly to Long Beach.

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