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GOP captures second Democratic US House seat in California

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 16:20:58-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republican Young Kim has defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros in Southern California.

The contest was a rematch from 2018, when Cisneros delivered an upset in what had been a longstanding GOP district anchored in Orange County.

Kim's victory Friday in the 39th Congressional District overcame President Donald Trump's poor performance in heavily Democratic California, where he got only one-third of the votes.

The former state lawmaker was born in South Korea and grew up in Guam.

Another California Republican born in South Korea - Michelle Steel - defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda in another Orange County district.