Republican Young Kim qualifies for general election in California’s 40th congressional district

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Republican incumbent Young Kim has been declared the winner of a primary to represent California’s 40th congressional district in the United States House, fending off a challenge from fellow Republican Greg Raths.

The Associated Press called the race Monday night at 6:25 p.m. local time.

BUENA PARK, CA – DECEMBER 18: Young Kim, left, and Michelle Steel were elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2020. Kim represents the 39th congressional district and Steel the 48th congressional district in California.  (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
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BUENA PARK, CA – DECEMBER 18: Young Kim, left, and Michelle Steel were elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2020. Kim represents the 39th congressional district and Steel the 48th congressional district in California. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
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The primary system in California allows the top two candidates to advance, regardless of party affiliation, so Democratic nominee Asif Mahmood (47%) and Kim (32%) will qualify for the general election.

Kim, 59, who currently represents California’s 39th congressional district, was forced to switch districts following a once-a-decade voter redistricting effort in the state.

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The election for the 40th congressional district is key for Republicans, as the district could be the one they no doubt hope to retain in the general election.

In the primary, Kim had to fend off a challenge from fellow Republican Greg Raths, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and fighter pilot, who previously ran to represent California’s 45th congressional district. .

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Raths garnered only 19% of primary voters.

Republican candidate Greg Raths.

Republican candidate Greg Raths.
(Greg Raths for Congressional Campaign)

The competition between Republicans was also notable as Kim won his last general election bid against Democrat Gil Cisneroes (50.6% to 49.4%) while Raths lost his last campaign against Democrat Katie Porter (46 .5% against 53.5% for Porter).

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Kim and Mahmood will face each other in the general election on November 8, 2022.

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