David Valadao, California Republican who voted to question Trump, wins U.S. Home seat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao has defeated Democrat Rudy Salas in a Central Valley district, overcoming a powerful Democratic registration benefit and fallout from his vote to question then-President Donald Trump.
With 98% of the ballots counted Monday evening, Valadao had about 52% of the votes to 48% for Salas, with a margin of about 3,400 votes.
Valadao was considered one of 10 Home Republicans who voted to question Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He’s considered one of solely two of these 10 to be reelected, together with Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington. Others retired or had been defeated by Trump-endorsed main challengers.
Democrats maintain a staggering 17-point registration edge within the twenty second District within the state’s farm belt. However Valadao, who was by no means a Trump loyalist, has highlighted a bipartisan streak to win in left-leaning districts earlier than. He held his seat from 2013 till January 2019, misplaced it for a time period, then gained it again in a 2020 rematch with Democrat T.J. Cox.
Salas, a state assemblyman who is taken into account a average, dueled with Valadao over gasoline taxes, the opioid overdose disaster and well being care.
Earlier, Republicans regained management of the Home. With Valadao’s victory, Republicans will maintain 219 seats subsequent 12 months, Democrats 212. Counting isn’t but completed in a handful of different undecided races.
Trump by no means considerably engaged within the race and Valadao, a dairy farmer and son of Portuguese immigrants, had the state GOP endorsement and the backing of Home Republican chief Kevin McCarthy, who’s near the previous president.
Valadao didn’t help then-candidate Trump in 2016, however then backed his reelection 4 years later.
Nonetheless, Valadao would break with Trump’s White Home at occasions, together with criticizing the administration for household separations on the border. He ran in 2020 as “an impartial drawback solver” and in a single advert highlighted his work with former President Barack Obama on water points vital to the area.
He has referred to as Trump a driving power within the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Trump’s “inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and completely an impeachable offense,” Valadao has stated.