Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty ImagesYoung Kim poses for a portrait at her campaign office in Yorba Linda, California, on Oct. 6, 2018. (Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)
Republican Young Kim defeated U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros on Friday in a Southern California district, the second GOP candidate to snatch a Democratic-held seat in the state this year.
The contest in the 39th Congressional District anchored in Orange County was a rematch of 2018, when Cisneros was one of seven Democrats who claimed GOP-held California districts that year.
Kim won despite President Donald Trump’s poor performance in heavily Democratic California, where he got only one-third of the votes.
In a video, Kim thanked supporters and added, “I hope we can unite and move forward to address the issues that our nation faces.”
“As an immigrant … I know that the promise of America is alive,” she said.