California Republicans Flip Third US House Seat from Democrats in 2020

Decision Desk HQ has predicted that Republican David Valadao will unseat Democrat TJ Cox in a close contest for California’s 21st District on Wednesday night. The pickup is the third of its kind for the GOP in the state of California, with Valadao reclaiming a San Joaquin Valley seat he represented from 2013 to 2019.

Republicans have flipped two congressional districts located in Orange County, which were flipped by Democrats two years ago in the 2018 “Blue Wave.” Young Kim defeated Democrat Gil Cisneros in California’s 39th District, and Michelle Steel defeated Harley Rouda in California’s 48th. The evolution of the suburban affluent county of more than 3 million Californians towards the Democratic Party might not as inevitable as some have predicted.

Republican Mike Garcia, who flipped the state’s 25th District in a special election earlier this year following the sex scandal of Democrat Katie Hill, also held on in a closely contested race Democrats had hoped win.

California Democrats have long assumed that they’ll reign eternal in the ultra-liberal West Coast state, taking for granted that the voters of California will permit them unlimited leeway to rule as the state’s omnipotent elite, lording over a declining middle class and urban poor with no political power. The sustainability of their vision isn’t as solid as they think.

Republicans in New York also surmounted their best showing in the state since 1988, suggesting that voters in the longtime blue state are slowly becoming tired of eternal Democrat domination.