GOP Rep. Michelle Steel has won her re-election bid for Congress, the Associated Press called Monday night.
Steel was ahead of her opponent, Democrat Jay Chen, by more than 13,000 votes, according to the latest vote count Monday night.
Steel was elected to Congress for the first time in 2020 — then just one of three in which a Republican had unseated an incumbent Democrat in a home race in California for the first time since 1994.
California’s 45th Ward, a C-shaped area, begins in Fountain Valley, curves north to include Cerritos in Los Angeles County, and ends in Placentia.
The CA-45 race has made national headlines in recent weeks, with controversy over how Steel’s campaign has photoshopped images of Chen – a Taiwanese-American who is an intelligence officer in the Navy’s reserve – alongside images of communist leaders to show the influencing Vietnamese voters.
Brooke Staggs, Andre Mouchard and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/14/rep-michelle-steel-wins-reelection-to-congress/ Representative Michelle Steel wins re-election to Congress – Orange County Register