President Donald Trump will be smiling and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be devastated to hear that Republicans have managed to flip yet another House seat, further defying Democrats’ hopes of a “blue wave” in the 2020 election.
Former California State Assemblywoman Young Kim (R) has defeated incumbent Rep. Gil Cisneros (D) for California’s 39th Congressional District, The Associated Press projected Friday.
California’s 39th Congressional District of California includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.
Although it may come as a surprise to some, traditionally the district has gone to Republicans. In fact, it was held by Republican Rep. Ed Royce for 26 years until he retired in 2018.
It was at this point that the district went Democrat, and in the 2020 election, according to The Cook Political Report, the county was likely to stay in Democrat control.
However, with 99% of precincts reporting, Kim appears to have bested Cisneros by a little over one percentage point, 50.6% to 49.4%.
Although the left claims to be party of diversity, Republicans arguably deserve that title more than the Democrats, especially after the 2020 elections.
Kim came to the United States from Seoul, South Korea, shortly before her teenage years. Initially a financial analyst and business owner, she later became the first Korean American Republican in California’s state Assembly as the community liaison and director of Asian affairs for Rep. Ed Royce (R), the Washington Examiner reported.
Now, she will be representing California in the House of Representatives where she will join a number of other Republicans who also flipped Democratic districts this election.
Kim’s opponent is a Navy veteran who in 2010 won a $266 million Mega Million lottery jackpot after being laid off from his job as a shipping and manufacturing manager for Frito-Lay, the Examiner reported.
Cisneros congratulated Kim on her victory in a message on Twitter: “The voters have spoken, and I want to congratulate @YoungKimCA on her victory and wish her nothing but success for the 39th District. I’m proud to have served my country in the U.S. Navy, and I’m proud to have served it again in Congress. It’s been the honor of a lifetime.”
Kim thanked the 39th district on Twitter, writing, “I look forward to serving you!”