California Republican David Valadao was elected representative of the state’s 22nd congressional district ~ California

Republican Rep. David Valadao will win re-election over Democratic challenger Rudy Salas for California’s 22nd congressional district, projects The Associated Press.

Valadao, who currently represents California’s 21st district, was seeking re-election in the neighboring district after Congressional lines were redrawn in the state. The district now includes portions of Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties.

The high-stakes race was one of 10 key California contests in the Nov. 8 midterm election that could ultimately decide whether Republicans regain control of the House of Representatives.

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U.S. Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., poses during a re-enactment of his inauguration ceremony at the Rayburn Room on Capitol Hill in Washington January 6, 2015.

U.S. Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., poses during a re-enactment of his inauguration ceremony at the Rayburn Room on Capitol Hill in Washington January 6, 2015.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Valadao is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, and Democrats saw the election as an opportunity to capitalize on his vote. The redrawn county lines also added more Democratic voters who preferred Democrats.

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Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., speaks during the Invest to Protect Act press briefing outside the Capitol Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., speaks during the Invest to Protect Act press briefing outside the Capitol Thursday, May 12, 2022.
(Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

In the June 7 primary, Salas and Valadao defeated Chris Mathys and Adam Thomas Medeiros in the California jungle primary. Salas, the only Democratic candidate, received 45.4% of the total vote, while Valadao received 25.6% in a contest with two other Republicans. Together, Republicans received 54.6% of the total vote.

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Valadao was first elected to Congress in 2012, where he served from 2013 to 2019. He narrowly lost a rematch in 2018 by 862 votes, but won right away at the next election and reclaimed the seat.

California’s 22nd district has historically favored the Democrats, voting 55.5% for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election to Trump’s 38.9%.

President Joe Biden answers questions at Tacos 1986, a Mexican restaurant, after ordering takeout Thursday, October 13, 2022 in Los Angeles.

President Joe Biden answers questions at Tacos 1986, a Mexican restaurant, after ordering takeout Thursday, October 13, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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The district’s vote was a bit narrower in 2020, when it voted in support of President Joe Biden at 55.4% versus Trump’s 42.1%.

Biden visited California in October to rally support and raise money for at-risk Democrats.

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