LOS ANGELES — Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. Home seat in Southern California on Saturday, capping a Democratic rout by which the occasion picked up six congressional seats within the state.
In what had been the final undecided Home contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Younger Kim for the state’s 39th District seat. The Cisneros victory cements a surprising political realignment that can depart an unlimited stretch of the Los Angeles metropolitan space below Democratic management within the Home.
With Kim’s defeat, 4 Republican-held Home districts all or partly in Orange County, California, a one-time nationally identified GOP stronghold southeast of Los Angeles, may have shifted in a single election to the Democratic column. The change implies that the county — Richard Nixon’s birthplace and web site of his presidential library — will solely have Democrats representing its residents in Washington subsequent 12 months.
Democrats additionally lately picked up the final Republican-held Home seat anchored in Los Angeles County, when Democrat Katie Hill ousted Republican Rep. Steve Knight.
With different beneficial properties — Republicans additionally misplaced a seat within the agricultural Central Valley — Democrats will maintain a 45-Eight edge in California U.S. Home seats subsequent 12 months.
The district was one in every of seven focused by Democrats throughout California after Hillary Clinton carried them within the 2016 presidential election.
Cisneros, 47, a $266 million lottery jackpot winner, had been locked in a detailed race with Kim in a district that has grown more and more various. It is about equally divided between Republicans, Democrats and independents, as it’s with Asians, Hispanics and whites.
Kim, 55, a former state legislator, labored for years for retiring Republican Rep. Ed Royce, who’s vacating the seat and had endorsed her.
In a state the place President Donald Trump is unpopular, Kim sought to create distance with the White Home on commerce and well being care. Her immigrant background — and gender — made her stand out in a political occasion whose leaders in Washington are principally older white males.
“I am a distinct type of candidate,” she had stated.
It wasn’t sufficient. Democratic advertisements depicted her as a Trump underling, keen to hold out his agenda.
Cisneros, a first-time candidate, described his curiosity in Congress as an extension of his time within the navy — he stated it was about public service. He runs a charitable basis along with his spouse.
On well being care, he talked about his mom who went with out insurance coverage for 16 years. “That ought to simply not occur on this nation,” he had stated.
Whereas the election delivered blended outcomes across the U.S., it affirmed California’s fame as a Democratic fortress.
Democrats are on observe to carry each statewide workplace — once more. The occasion holds a supermajority in each chambers of the Legislature — and a 3.7-million benefit in voter registration.
There wasn’t even a Republican on the poll for U.S. Senate.