“Republican Kevin Kiley defeated Democratic challenger Kermit Jones to win California’s 3rd Congressional seat”
The race for California’s 3rd Congressional District has finally been called, and Republican Kevin Kiley won, bringing the GOP’s House majority to 220. Ironically, that’s the same majority number Democrats currently hold.
The big red wave may not have materialized, but at least Republicans have definitively won the House.
The Hill reports:
Republican House majority climbs to 220 with win in California
Republicans’ House majority in the next Congress climbed to 220 on Tuesday, when Republican Kevin Kiley defeated his Democratic opponent, Kermit Jones, in the tight race for California’s 3rd Congressional District.
The Associated Press called the race for Kiley on Tuesday afternoon, two weeks after voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the eastern California district. Kiley, a California State Assembly member, won with 53 percent of the vote.
Kiley’s win brings Republicans’ House majority to 220, while Democrats currently hold 212 seats. Three races are still uncalled by the AP: California’s 13th District, Alaska’s at-large district and Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R) Colorado district.
While the AP has not called Boebert’s race, which appears headed for a recount with Boebert holding a slight edge, her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch conceded on Friday, saying he believed the outcome of the election was unlikely to change.
Kiley is a Trump-backed candidate.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Trump-backed Republican wins in California, boosting House majority to 220 seats
Republican Kevin Kiley defeated Democratic challenger Kermit Jones to win California’s 3rd Congressional seat, raising the GOP’s House majority to 220 seats.
Kiley won the race with 52.8% compared to Jones’s 47.2%, with 84% of the vote counted. The Republican announced on Twitter last week that he had won the race, claiming that his win secured a House majority for Republicans before it was officially called…
Kiley, who was endorsed by Donald Trump, was one of the former president’s few successes in the 2022 midterm elections. Several Republican leaders, who were expecting a red wave, blamed Trump for their less-than-expected outcomes after the party failed to flip the Senate or win the House majority by as wide of a margin as projected.
The California Republican received a lot of support after targeting the country’s rising crime and inflation rates, a campaign platform used by many Republicans to sway voters.
Kiley tweeted this before his race was officially called, but now it’s a sure thing.
The Pelosi Speakership is over.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) November 17, 2022
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