Kim wins 39th race, but Democrats take back the House

Though Republican Young Kim defeated Democrat Gil Cisneros in Tuesday’s midterm election, filling the 39th congressional seat for the House of Representatives in California, the Democrats took control of the 218 congressional seats needed to have a majority in the House.

The race between Kim and Cisneros was a close call, Kim winning 51.3 percent to 48.7 percent.

Although Kim is a Republican, she has publicly said that she does not necessarily agree with all of President Trump’s ideas. She said that a lot of the remarks he has made, especially ones regarding immigrants and women, concern her.

“I try to tell them I’m not running to be his spokesperson or represent Donald Trump in the White House,” Kim told the Los Angeles Times.

Some of Kim’s goals include creating jobs, fighting to ensure that veterans get quality care and making sure that money designated for teachers and classrooms reaches the classrooms to help benefit students.

For the Senate, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who has served as a senator for 23 years, won against her Democratic opponent Kevin de Leon.

Republicans still retain the majority in the Senate, but Democrats won enough seats Tuesday night to regain control of the House, taking a 26 seat lead. The change in power will make it more difficult for President Trump to pass legislation.

In the race for the position of governor of California, Democrat Gavin Newsom, the current lieutenant governor, defeated  Republican John H. Cox, 59.3 percent to 40.7 percent.

The passage of Prop. 7  allows state legislature to consider ending the annual changing of clocks by standardizing time year-round to daylight savings time, but only if Washington gives its approval. There is no indication that the plan will be approved by the federal government.

In the Diamond Bar City Council election, three open seats were decided, with incumbents Nancy A. Lyons and Steve Tye winning re-election and newcomer Andrew Chou edging out current councilman Jimmy Lyon for the final spot among the three open seats.

Mayor Ruth M. Low and councilwoman Carol Herrera fill out the five-person council.

Across the country, the 2018 midterms proved to be a historical election for women, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ community.

Sharice Davids from Kansas became the first Native American Congresswoman and openly LGBTQ woman to hold a position in the House, while Colorado’s Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected to the position of governor in the U.S.

Ilhan Omar from Minnesota was elected the first Muslim Congresswoman. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, age 29, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress after winning the seat in New York’s 14th district.

Veronica Escobar became the first Latina woman to represent Texas, and Ayanna Pressley Massachusetts’s first black woman in Congress.