Republican Michelle Steel has unseated the one-term Democratic incumbent from her Southern California U.S. House district, the Associated Press has reported. Steel now joins Marilyn Strickland from Washington State as the first-ever Korean American women elected to Congress.
Steel secured 51% of the vote in the 48th district, located in the once-reliably-Republican Orange County. Her opponent, Rep. Harley Rouda, was first elected the the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterms when the Democrats seized many suburban seats that used to vote more strongly Republican. Rouda ousted the 20-year GOP incumbent, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.
It has also been reported that due to this flip, Nancy Pelosi may not now have the votes necessary to remain Speaker of the House of Representatives.