By Spencer Custodio
Republican candidate Young Kim conceded to Democrat Gil Cisneros in the 39th Congressional District race Saturday night and now all seven Orange County Congressional districts will be represented by Democrats.
“This evening, I called Gil Cisneros to congratulate him and offer him my best wishes in Congress. Both sides worked hard in this campaign, but now it’s time to come together and find solutions and opportunities that move our community and country forward,” Kim said in a Twitter post.
The 56-year-old Kim tried to distance herself from President Donald Trump in her campaign and said she was against family separation policies at the border. She also railed against the state’s 12-cent gas tax.
But Trump’s effect on the election was too strong for Republicans to win races in California, said longtime GOP strategist Stu Spencer.
“The Republican Congressional candidates lost most districts in the state in this election. Most people voted against Trump — it was a referendum on Trump,” said Spencer, who ran Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial and presidential campaigns.
“Number one, they (Republicans) got to get back to this big tent thesis we had under Reagan … and that is, you got to be inclusive in your party. In California, inclusive can be translated into Chicanos — you got to find ways to build bridges in that community.”
National Democrats targeted the 39th, 45th, 48th and 49th Congressional districts after Hillary Clinton took all of the Republican districts in the 2016 election against Trump. This year, Democrats are on track to surpass their national goal of taking 23 seats from Republicans in their effort to secure the majority of the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives. Read More