On Wednesday afternoon, election results show that three area members of the House of Representatives performed well in their reelection campaigns. U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) hold commanding leads over their challengers, and the Associated Press has called all three races in favor of the incumbents.
In California’s 28th Congressional District, Schiff garnered nearly 74% of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Eric Early by a count of 203,748 to 72,260.
Schiff said he is “grateful to my constituents for this continued opportunity to serve,” and referenced the manner in which the Congressional race mirrored national politics, with Early supporting President Donald Trump and Schiff in opposition.
“I’m appreciative that they so handily rejected the ugly, acrimonious campaigning that my opponent engaged in. It was a repudiation of the kind of Trumpian campaign smears and attacks, and I’m glad it was so overwhelming,” Schiff said.
Schiff added that he believes “the lion’s share” of his electoral success is due to his work on behalf of the 28th District, including efforts to expand the Rim of the Valley corridor, offer more assistance for those suffering due to COVID-19 and to “protect … our democratic institutions.”
Schiff added that further pandemic assistance and working to end the conflict in Artsakh are some of his top priorities for his coming term.
“I’m really so grateful to my constituents. It’s an honor to represent them and I’m truly appreciative of their continued support,” he said.
Early said he’d “like to be feeling better right now.”
“We got 20% more votes than the last person who ran against Schiff, but frankly, from the energy and the enthusiasm and the support we had in the district, we believe in a properly overseen election, there was a lot, lot, lot more support for us out there than what showed up in the final tallies,” Early said.
Early said he plans to “continue fighting for the people of the state of California, but it’s too early to make a decision on in what way I will do that.”
“I will always fight for America and the great people of our great nation. Last night was by no means the end of that fight. In fact, it’s only just the beginning,” he said.
In the 33rd District, Lieu earned nearly 69% of the vote and has defeated Republican challenger James Bradley, 221,298 to 100,689.
Lieu campaign spokesman Marc Cevasco said they “feel great about the results,” and he added that Lieu “is honored and humbled by the vote of confidence from our district.”
“We have a lot of serious problems in this country and we need serious people to tackle them, and the Congressman is really honored that the voters in his district have decided to send him back to Washington for another term,” Cevasco said.
Requests for comment from the Bradley campaign were not returned.
In District 37, Bass earned nearly 87% of the vote, defeating Republican Errol Webber 206,100 to 31,994. Requests for comment from the Bass and Webber campaigns were not returned before press time.
In the race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 2nd District, state Sen. Holly Mitchell has won nearly 61% of the vote so far, leading Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson 298,618 to 191,787. Requests for comment from both campaigns were not returned before press time.
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