House races in the 2020 election did not go well for Democrats.
All of the so-called experts were predicting a blue wave in which Democrats would increase their majority. In reality, the opposite happened and Republicans not only picked up seats, but are still in the process of doing so as votes are finally counted.
In southern California, a Republican woman named Michelle Steel flipped a seat from Democrats and her victory is getting a lot of notice.
Even the Associated Press reports:
Republican wins back US House seat in Southern California
Republican Michelle Steel defeated first-term Rep. Harley Rouda on Tuesday in a Southern California district, only the second time in more than two decades that a GOP candidate in the state has defeated an incumbent Democrat.
Rouda captured Orange County’s 48th District in 2018 from longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, part of a Democratic sweep of seven House seats in California that year.
Steel said the vote this year showed the American dream “is alive and well in Orange County.” She vowed to fight for lower taxes, small businesses and their workers, and to defeat the coronavirus.
“I stand ready to work with both parties,” she said in a statement…
Steel, who heads the Orange County Board of Supervisors, benefited from the district’s Republican registration edge and also surmounted widespread distaste for Trump in the strongly Democratic state.
In addition to Steel’s victory, Republican candidates are leading in two other undecided races in Democratic-held districts…
Congratulations to Ms. Steel.
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. #CA48 pic.twitter.com/5aVvsvABiw
— Michelle Steel (@MichelleSteelCA) November 10, 2020
Republicans keep racking up more House wins:
UPDATE: As more House race calls come in, there are now 9 GOP flips!
CA-48 Michelle Steel
FL-26 Carlos Gimenez
FL-27 Maria Elvira Salazar
IA-01 Ashley Hinson
MI-03 Peter Meijer:
MN-07 Michelle Fischbach
NM-02 Yvette Herrell
OK-05 Stephanie Bice
SC-01 Nancy Mace
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 10, 2020
The experts were wrong again. Anyone surprised?