More Historic House Wins
Democrat Xochitl Torres Small declared victory Wednesday in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District after absentee ballots put her in the lead by about 3,000 votes. The win by Torres Small flips the GOP’s last seat in NM’s delegation and makes her the first Latina to represent the district. In California’s 49th Congressional District, Democrat Mike Levin on Wednesday was declared the winner. The grandson of Mexican immigrants will assume the House seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA). Republican Young Kim is poised to become the first Korean American elected to the House of Representatives. With all precincts reporting, Kim was leading Democrat Gil Cisneros by about 3,900 votes in the race for the open 39th Congressional District seat, which represents parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Kim, a 56-year-old South Korean immigrant, worked for 20 years for retiring Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) -- the member she will replace. After leaving Royce’s office, the 1981 University of Southern California grad won a seat in the California state Assembly, where she served a single term. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Lucy McBath has declared victory defeating Republican incumbent Karen Handel, who has yet to concede. According to the unofficial results, McBath has 159,268 votes and Handel has 156,396 with 100% of the precincts reporting. This matchup drew far less national attention than the last time the district was in play, when Handel fended off a star-studded challenge from political newcomer Jon Ossoff. McBath, a gun control advocate and former flight attendant, lost her teenage son Jordan Davis to gun violence in 2012 and is a breast cancer survivor. Gun control has been the central tenet of her campaign. More here.