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.
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.
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. #CA48 pic.twitter.com/5aVvsvABiw
— Michelle Steel (@MichelleSteelCA) November 10, 2020
“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.”
Thanks to the incredible energy brought by our thousands of grassroots volunteers, I was proud to be the first Democrat ever to represent #CA48.
Serving the people here has been the honor of my life. https://t.co/up1YVZTnuU
— Harley Rouda (@HarleyRouda) November 10, 2020
“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.