Voormalige Huis Republikein ontneem die setel van Kalifornië van die ampsbekleër

Voormalige Huis Republikein ontneem die setel van Kalifornië van die ampsbekleër

Voormalige Republikein Rep. David Valadao reclaimed his seat in California’s 21st District op Vrydag, narrowly defeating Demokraties incumbent Rep. T.J. Cox.

Valadao won in 2012 by focusing on local issues like agriculture, maar Demokrateincluding Coxcame out swinging during the 2018 middeltermynverkiesings and claimed seven GOP-held huis seats in the Golden State.

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The Hanford, Kalifornië, inheems had previously withheld his endorsement of President Trump. Hierdie jaar, he changed strategies in a risky move that ultimately paid off in the Farm Belt.

But Valadao also highlighted his independence during the race, criticizing the president over family separations at the nation’s suidelike grens.

He beat Cox by 862 stemme.

Soos The Associated Press reported Friday, much of California’s agricultural centers have been known for their Republican leanings, at variance with a largely blue state.

Rep. David Valadao, R-Kalifornië., during his tenure in the House of Representatives. Valadao reclaimed his seat after losing to a Democrat in 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. David Valadao, R-Kalifornië., during his tenure in the House of Representatives. Valadao reclaimed his seat after losing to a Democrat in 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (© 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.)

Valadao himself is from a dairy farming familylineage that put him at the top of the pack in the spring. He accused Cox of aligning his ideals with those of Democratic progressives and promised to pass a COVID-19 relief package amid a raging pandemic.

Valadao declared victory on Wednesday, calling for unity.

“This Thanksgiving, as the coronavirus continues to spread and our community and nation struggle, we desperately need relief," hy het gesê. “The only way we will get through this is by sticking together as Americans, not divided by political parties. When I head back to Washington every resident of the Central Valley has my word that I will continue to always put this community first.”

Cox reportedly has yet to concede the race.

Valadao’s win marks another Republican triumph in die 2020 Huiswedrenne.

While Democrats had expected to make serious gains this year, conservative candidates shattered expectations.

Elsewhere in the state, Reps.-elect Young Kim and Michelle Steel also bested Democratic incumbents, en Rep. Mike Garcia flipped the state’s 25th District last week.

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Though Democrats have ultimately retained control of the House, their losses signaled a potential Republican-controlled House in 2022 and a possible foothold in a state where they have been sidelined for decades.

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