Former House Republican David Valadao (R-CA) has won back his seat in central California after losing it in the 2018 midterms to Democrat TJ Cox.
This is the third House seat in California that Republicans have claimed in the blue stronghold.
The 21st congressional district was slated as an easy victory for Democrats, but Rep. Valadao had other plans, and Democrats find themselves short another seat in the House.
These small isolated victories are beginning to add up for Republicans while the Democrat House majority is diminished accordingly. With a rough midterm on the horizon, Democrats could lose the House in 2022.
Valadao issued a statement following his victory, saying, “This Thanksgiving, as the coronavirus continues to spread and our community and nation struggle, we desperately need relief. 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.”
Valadao will find that mission hard to accomplish in a House controlled by Democrats that refused for months to pass substantial coronavirus relief. For Republicans, this is a major victory and a key step in retaking the House.
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