(PoliticalLookout.com)- Young Kim, the Republican candidate for California’s 39th District, shocked the news media last week when she took the seat from incumbent Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros. On Friday, Kim was announced as the second Republican challenger in California to take a Democratic seat, making a bad week for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even worse.
The California seat was flipped in 2018 by the Democrats when Pelosi and her colleagues claimed a huge victory halfway into President Donald Trump’s first term. The Democrats took the House from the Republicans, flipping seven seats In California in total. Ballot harvesting was widely credited as the reason why the Democrats took those seven seats, making Kim’s win in the District even more impressive.
Kim managed to outperform despite President Donald Trump’s less-than-impressive performance in California – though it’s not exactly a state where any Republican presidential candidate can perform well today.
Kim released a video thanking her supporters for their hard work, and said that now the election is over, she hopes that people can “unite and move forward to address the issues that our nation faces.”
It’s probably a more honest call for unity than the Democrats, given that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden completely ignored the violence in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night which was orchestrated by far-left activists.
Young Kim joins Michelle Eunjoo Steel, who also won a seat in California, as the first Korean American women to be elected to the United States Congress. Quite an achievement given how the media and Democrats are always calling the Republican Party racist…
Michelle Eunjoo Steel (R-CA) and Young Kim (R-CA) set to be the first Korean American women elected to the United States Congress. Congratulations 🇺🇸 ! pic.twitter.com/j6ihzgMBak
— Carson hates California (@carsonp619) November 10, 2020
As of November 14, Republicans had flipped a total of 11 seats in the House.
FL-26 Carlos Gimenez
IA-01 Ashley Hinson
MI-03 Peter Meijer
MN-07 Michelle Fischbach
NY-11 Nicole Malliotakis
NM-02 Yvette Herrell
OK-05 Stephanie Bice
SC-01 Nancy Mace
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) November 14, 2020
While it means that the Democrats still control the House, the margin is significantly smaller and gains like this set the stage for Republicans flipping control of the House completely in the 2022 midterms.
Republicans have now flipped 11 House seats:
CA-39 Young Kim
CA-48 Michelle Steel
FL-27 Maria Elvira