A noteworthy Republican has earned a second term representing California’s 40th Congressional District, with results of the midterm elections still filtering in.
The Associated Press, which called the contest Thursday evening, reported that Rep. Young Kim beat Dr. Asif Mahmood, his Democratic opponent.
The Associated Press tweeted, “BREAKING: Republican Young Kim wins reelection to U.S. House in California’s 40th Congressional District. #APracecall at 6:43 p.m. PST.”
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 11, 2022
Politico reported that with 63 percent of the ballots tabulated on Thursday night, Kim has 58.5% of the vote against Mahmood’s 41.5%.
The majority of the 40th District is located in Orange County, and has more registered Republicans than Democrats, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to the Times, Kim, who was one of the first Korean-American women elected to Congress in 2020, conducted a significantly more conservative campaign this time around.
After her victory, she congratulated her supporters and pushed for bipartisan cooperation to “get our country back on track.”
According to the Times, Kim stated in a statement, “I look forward to continuing to break through the partisan gridlock, bring common sense to Washington and deliver results on behalf of all residents of CA-40, regardless of who you voted for.”
“There is much to do to get our country back on track, and I promise to never stop fighting to make life affordable, keep our communities safe and preserve the American dream for future generations,” she said.
Additionally, the representative expressed her gratitude to all who supported her candidacy.
“Thank you to all of #TeamYoung who spread the word to hundreds of thousands of voters and propelled us to victory. Your support means the world. I will fight every day to be your commonsense voice in Congress, break through the partisan gridlock and deliver results for #CA40,” Kim said.
Thank you to all of #TeamYoung who spread the word to hundreds of thousands of voters and propelled us to victory. Your support means the world.🙏
— Young Kim (@YoungKimCA) November 11, 2022
The Times stated that a Pakistani pulmonologist who has been in California since 1999 contacted Kim to offer his congratulations.
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“We both share humble beginnings as immigrants who had big dreams and hopes for our families,” he said in a statement, according to the Times. “I know this campaign did not go as we had hoped, but I wish for Young Kim’s success because she will represent all of us in this district — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.”
According to Politico, 16 California House races remained undecided as of Friday afternoon. Democrats have taken 30 seats, and Republicans have claimed six.