Just a couple of days ago, NBC reported that a number of midterm races were still too close to call. Even nine days later, votes were still being counted. Some of those races included the Florida and Mississippi Senate races and five House races – California, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Utah.
On Saturday evening, it was announced that Democrat Gil Cisneros won the seat for California’s 39th Congressional District, defeating former Republican state Assemblywoman Young Kim. Cisneros will replace 13-term Rep. Ed Royce (R). Royce’s retirement had been eyed as one of Democrats’ best chances to pick up a House seat.
Democrats have now defeated Republicans in all six districts of Orange County and Southern California. In addition to Cisneros, Democrats Josh Harder, Katie Hill, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda and Mike Levin won California’s 10th, 25th, 45th, 48th and 49th Districts, respectively.
In 2010, Cisneros and his wife won the lottery and became philanthropists. Cisneros poured $8 million of his own money into his campaign for the northern Orange County district.
The 39th District is one of the long-time held GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Kim (R) was trying to become the first Korean-American woman in Congress.
Twitter congratulated Cisneros:
According to MSN News:
‘With Cisneros’ victory, Democrats will constitute the entirety of Orange County’s seven-member congressional delegation, the first time since the 1930s that the birthplace of Richard M. Nixon, home of John Wayne and spiritual center of the Republican Party will have no GOP representative in the House.’
Stuart K. Spencer, a party strategist said:
‘Sitting back in the 1960s, I would never have believed this would happen.’
Spencer pent more than half a century ushering Republicans, including President Ronald Reagan, into office.
‘Cisneros’ victory, after more than a week of counting mail-in and other outstanding ballots, will give Democrats 45 of the state’s 53 House seats and mark a new low for the flailing Republican Party, which dominated the state and its politics for much of California’s history.’
Nationwide, Democrats have gained 38 House seats thus far, which will be more than enough to seize control of the House when lawmakers are sworn into office in January. According to MSN:
‘It’s the Republican wipeout in Orange County, a wellspring of conservatism that nourished generations of state and national party leaders, that stands as a shock. Many never thought they would see a day when its expansive suburban tracts were anything but flaming Republican red.’
Eileen Padberg, a veteran GOP strategist who recently rejected her Republican affiliation out of frustration with Trump and the national party, called it:
‘A huge deal’
Padberg talked about Orange County’s changing demographics, which now include younger, more diverse, and more socially tolerant people. Padberg said the lawmakers have failed to change with it though. She said:
‘They focused only on their right-wing base, and didn’t do a good job problem-solving.’
Drew Godinich, a strategist with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, wrote in an after-election report:
‘In the cradle of the Reagan Tax Revolt, Democrats flipped the script on Republicans.’
Spencer, the longtime GOP strategist, said:
‘It’s going to take a couple more election cycles before we know. But it’s a sign to me that things are going south for Republicans and if they don’t change the way they do things, they’re going to go even further south.’
He added that either way:
‘This election is one hell of a wake-up call for the Republican Party in California.’
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