POLITICS

Ro Khanna Defeated By Longtime Rep. Mike Honda

Congressional candidate Rohit 'Ro' Khanna smiles during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco, California, U
Congressional candidate Rohit 'Ro' Khanna smiles during a Bloomberg West Television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Democrat Ro Khanna is running against incumbent Congressman Mike Honda for California's 17th District which includes much of Silicon Valley. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ro Khanna, the attorney and former U.S. trade representative, was defeated by Rep. Mike Honda in the race to represent California's 17th District.

The contest between the two Democrats was one of this cycle's most heated. Khanna billed himself as a tech-savvy alternative to Honda, a seven-term congressman, while the veteran Honda touted his commitment to his district's working families. Each candidate's endorsements reflected the warring wings of the Democratic party: While Honda was backed by labor unions, progressive groups and Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Brown, Khanna picked up endorsements from tech celebrities like Sean Parker and Sheryl Sandberg as well as the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.