HISTORIC! Republican Michelle Steel unseats California Democrat, 2nd time in 20 years

And, Steel is one of the first Korean American women elected to Congress, joining Washington State’s Marilyn Strickland, who won the 10th Congressional District last week. 
Photo from Twitter via Michelle Steel

The year of Republican women keeps getting better. 

Republican Michelle Steel defeated first-term Democrat incumbent Rep. Harley Rouda for California’s 48th District seat on Tuesday, marking a historic win in the state of California. 

Why historic? 

It’s only the second time in over two decades that a Republican has unseated a Democrat in the Golden State.

And, Steel is one of the first Korean American women elected to Congress, joining Washington State’s Marilyn Strickland, who won the open 10th Congressional District last week. 

“This victory has been hard-fought and hard-won, and I could not be more humbled to have your support nor more honored to serve our community in Congress. Now, let’s get to work,” Steel tweeted after her opponent conceded on Tuesday. 

“We did not win this election,” her opponent, Rouda, said in a statement. “And while it isn’t the outcome we had hoped for, it’s never been more important for our leaders to hear the voice of the people, and to accept their judgement. I do.” 

“But I also believe there’s something bigger at stake here than this one election,” he continued. 

“There is a toxicity to American politics threatening the very democracy that sets us apart from the rest of the world. That has to change,” he added. 

Steel swept back the seat from Rouda, who defeated longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2018, according to the Associated Press. Prior to Rouda’s term, the Orange County district had been Republican for more than 20 years. 

Steel won roughly 51% of the district votes, while President Donald Trump only won 33% of the votes in California. 

Steel’s ads focused largely on claims that Rouda would raise taxes. 

Which he wasn’t thrilled about. 

“My opponent made allegations about me that were complete fabrications – some totally made up, others wild distortions, and still others torn from the darkest corners of the Internet, Rouda reportedly said, via the Daily Caller. 

As the nation celebrates 100 years of women voting in the U.S, this year was undeniably historic for Republican women.

Republicans broke records in the House, electing the largest number of new Republican women to Congress in the history of our great nation.

12 comments
  1. It is not that he would raise taxes as much as he would support those that raise taxes. That is for certain. The party votes in unison.

  2. Congrats. Stay strong against the pressure that will come to you from the other side. The Trump movement is strong and even more capable of making and keeping our nation free and strong with you being a part of it.

  3. Unfortunately, Kim Klacik (a Republican woman of color) was unable to unseat her Democratic opponent for Congress – This time!

  4. Something just isn’t right about this whole thing. I’m sorry, but I do not believe any of the election coverage we have been forced to view, Mr. Terrell. Mr. Biden is supposedly our new president, yet no critical gubernatorial race was won by a Democrat (blue puddle, I guess), the House of Representatives is evidently not going to enjoy a larger Democratic/Progressive margin (blue desert, I guess), no state legislatures changed hands to the Democrats that I am aware of (blue period), and yet – somehow, by means we cannot fathom – we are to believe the President was so unpopular that he received more votes than in 2016, and that Mr. Obama actually rode Mr. Biden’s coattails to victory in 2008 and 2012. Before we get to the matter of the pending voting fraud issues in and of themselves, perhaps a look at the bigger picture would help us all understand that something is amiss here and all of us need to pay attention to this matter.

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