Rep. Kim Wins Primary Further Solidifying Reelection Hopes


    Kim advances to face Democrat Asif Mahmood in the upcoming November election.

    Republican Rep. Young Kim defeated GOP challenger Greg Raths in California’s 40th Congressional district election. Kim became a member of Congress in 2020 after scoring a slim victory over incumbent Democrat Gil Cisneros.

    Kim pummeled Raths with a wave of advertising spending, specifically highlighting her conservative policy platforms. She especially promoted her position on securing the Southern border.

    California operates a jungle primary system with all candidates run in a single primary. The top two vote getters advance to the general election if no one receives more than 50% of the vote. Democrat candidate Asif Mahmood finished in first with 41% of the vote. Kim slid into second with close to 35%.

    Kim issued a statement on Twitter thanking her supporters for helping her inch one step closer back to Congress.

    “Thank you to everyone who has joined #TeamYoung and our fight for commonsense, trusted leadership in Congress,” Young tweeted. “Today the work continues to win in November, deliver results for #CA40 and get our country back on track. We’re just getting started.”

    Kim had received numerous strong endorsements from Republican Senators such as Marsha Blackburn and Tim Scott.

    Many election pundits believe the race is now Kim’s to lose.

    “Primary elections always have lower turnouts, especially with the low turnout we saw last Tuesday,” said Heath Becker, a New York-based political analyst. “But even if you factor in a greater number of Democrats not coming out than Republicans, the statistics aren’t looking good for Mahmood. He had only 41% as the only Democrat in the race. The three Republicans combined had 59% of the vote, with Kim herself still managing to be within striking distance of winning.”

    The general election will be held on November 8, 2022.

    SoCal Daily Pulse


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