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    Republican Declared Winner of Congressional Race in Heavily Democratic California District

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    The Associated Press declared the winner of the contest for California’s 22nd Congressional District on Monday night, two weeks after Election Day. Even though there were many Democrats in the district, Republican Rep. David Valadao was able to win.

    After 98 percent of the votes had been tallied, the AP declared the contest in favor of Valadao, who had defeated Democrat Rudy Salas.

    Despite the fact that many people thought the race between Salas and Valadao was close, Valadao nevertheless won with 52 percent of the vote while Salas received only 48 percent, according to the AP.

    Even though the Salas-Valadao campaign was declared a toss-up by The Cook Political Report, Valadao nonetheless won the election.

    Despite being a Republican, Valadao never openly endorsed the late President Donald Trump.

    In fact, according to the AP, he was among the lawmakers that voted in support of impeaching the outgoing president in 2021.

    The AP said that Valadao has a track record of achievement in the area because he previously held the position from 2013 to 2019 and then again in 2021.

    The Republican victory also occurs despite the fact that there are significantly more registered Democrats than Republicans in California’s 22nd Congressional District, according to CalMatters.

    According to the outlet, “In this district, Democrats exceed Republicans as a share of registered voters by 17.35 percentage points.”

    According to the AP, the primary issues that voters in this part of California, which is in the state’s farm belt, were concerned about were slightly different.

    According to The Hill, voters in the 22nd District prioritized the economy over issues related to agriculture and water.

    According to the AP, Salas, and Valadao both made other issues, like abortion, health care, and gas taxes, a focus of their campaigns.

    With Valadao’s victory, there has been a lot of discussion on Twitter about both the Republican’s triumph as well as the two-week wait for the ballots to be tabulated.

    One user stated, “Awesome! I could have opened all of the mail-in ballots with my feet and had them counted quicker.”

    Another commented, “I can’t believe we are still counting votes.”

    In the meantime, the AP reported last week that Republicans had already gained control of the House, despite Valadao’s victory being noteworthy in a seat with a Democratic lean.

    With Valadao’s victory, the Republicans now command 219 seats in the House, compared to the Democrats’ 212, according to the AP.

    More on this story via The Western Journal

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