GOP captures second Democratic US House seat in California
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Republican Young Kim defeated U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros on Friday in a Southern California district, the second GOP candidate to snatch a Democratic-held seat in the state this year.
Also, Republican Michelle Steel claimed the 48th District in Orange County from Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda.
Republicans set out this year to reclaim at least some of the seats lost two years ago.
They have recaptured two, with wins by Steel and Kim, and are leading in two others: the Central Valley’s 21st District, where Republican former Rep. David Valadao was ahead of Democratic Rep. TJ Cox, and the 25th District north of Los Angeles, where Republican Rep. Mike Garcia was leading by about 100 votes in a back-and-forth fight with Democrat Christy Smith.
Republicans also held the open 50th District seat anchored in San Diego County, which former U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa will represent after winning his comeback bid two years after deciding not to seek reelection in a neighboring district that has become more Democratic. The 50th District has a nearly 10-point GOP registration edge. The seat was vacated earlier this year by Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter after he pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge.
California GOP Chair, Jessica Milan Patterson, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the aftermath of the Nov. 3 elections.
Milan Patterson also discussed several statewide propositions voters rejected including, Prop 15, Prop 16, and Prop 25.