Outstanding news! Michelle Park Steel won a Democrat-held U.S. House district in California, according to new projections.Steel, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, will be one of the first Korean-American women in Congress along with fellow representative-elect Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.).Decision Desk and the Associated Press called the race for California’s 48th District on Tuesday. The district includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino countiesSteel, 65, said in a statement: “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.”According to the current unofficial vote count, Steel received 196,208 votes.Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) received 189,235.Rouda, 58, announced his concession to Steel.“I was proud to be the first Democrat ever to represent California’s 48th Congressional District,” Rouda said in a statement.
“While one campaign ends today, another is just beginning. I look forward to having voters compare my opponent’s two years in Congress with my accomplishments on Nov. 8, 2022.”Rouda was vying for a second term after beating Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who had represented the district since 2014, by about 19,000 votes in the 2018 midterm elections.“Congratulations to Michelle Steel on a decisive victory. California’s 48th District finally has a congresswoman who puts her constituents first. I look forward to her tireless work on behalf of Orange County,” National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) said in a statement.