NORWALK - Rep. Linda Sanchez won her sixth two-year term in Congress, defeating Lakewood Republican Benjamin Campos by a 2-1 margin.

Sanchez took 67 percent of the vote to Campos' 33 percent, despite her running in a new district.

Under redistricting, the new 38th Congressional District stretches from South El Monte and Montebello through Pico Rivera, Whittier, La Mirada and Norwalk to Hawaiian Gardens. The district includes some of Sanchez's current 39th Congressional District, but adds new territory.

“We feel very good about our race,” Sanchez said. “We worked very hard in the new cities in the district where I'm not as known. I spent a good time there making sure (voters) are familiar with what I stand for.”

During the campaign, Campos, 43, a certified public accountant, called for less government, taxes and regulations, as well as a reduced debt.

Sanchez, 43, an attorney, called the Republican plans to balance the budget extreme.

The candidates also disagreed on health care. Campos called for repealing President Barack Obama's Affordable Health Care Act, while Sanchez supports it.

Foreign policy was another area of disagreement.

Campos said the United States appears weak under Obama.

Sanchez disagreed, saying Obama is doing a good job and that many things, particularly in the Middle East, are outside of his control.

Sanchez's early lead was expected, based on voter registration in the district. Democrats make up 49 percent of registered voters there, compared with 26 percent Republican registration.

Sanchez also outspent Campos by a large margin during the campaign - about $165,000 to less than $10,000. mike.sprague@sgvn.com 562-567-7537