All of the experts predicted that Democrats would expand their hold on the House of Representatives in 2020.
They were all wrong.
Republicans made impressive gains, and although Democrats still have a majority, it’s razor thin.
In California, another race has just been called for Republicans. David Valadao won in California’s 21st district.
KTLA News reports:
Former House Republican David Valadao flips central California seat
Republican David Valadao has reclaimed the U.S. House seat he lost in the California farm belt two years ago.
The former congressman defeated Democratic Rep. TJ Cox, who ousted Valadao in the 21st Congressional District two years ago by 862 votes. Valadao had endorsed President Donald Trump after withholding his backing in 2016 — a risk in a swing district the president lost by 15 points four years ago.
But he also stressed his independence, such as criticizing the Trump administration for family separations at the border and promoting his willingness to work across party lines.
The seat is the third pickup for Republicans in California.
This is great news for Republicans and a massive embarrassment for Nancy Pelosi.
BREAKING: @dgvaladao (R-Hanford) has declared victory in the race for the 21st congressional district. Roughly 5,000 votes still need to be counted in Kern. Here are the latest figures:
David Valadao (R): 85,115 (50.5%)
TJ Cox (D): 83,438 (49.5%)
Margin: Valadao+ 1,677 pic.twitter.com/pYwcMK92pt
— Eytan Wallace (@EytanWallace) November 26, 2020
BREAKING: Republican David Valadao wins election to U.S. House in California's 21st Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. TJ Cox. #APracecall at 10:32 a.m. PST. #Election2020 #CAelection https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 27, 2020
Nasty Nancy has to be worried! Republicans are coming to take away her magic broom! No more high flying for Nasty Nancy!
Soon, it's crash & burn time!https://t.co/xNH1Nvgl8L
— Daniel F. Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) November 26, 2020
Republicans outperformed all the experts.
The polling industry is dead.