GOP Holds California Seat

Decision Desk HQ has called the race in the conservative California 41 (CA-41) for Republican Rep. Ken Calvert. Calvert defeated his rival Democrat Will Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, to take the seat with 51 percent to 49 percent.

Affirmed by the former president Donald Trump, Calvert is one of the longest-serving California lawmakers. Calvert was elected first to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. He was elected to represent the 43rd Congressional District. Will Rollins was activated to run for Congress after having witnessed the protest on January 6, in the U.S. Capitol. As a gay person, Rollins also disagreed with his “anti-LGBTQ” record.

District 41 was an uncompromising conservative haven throughout the 30 years during the time Calvert has served as representative. With the redistricting of this year's election districts, the more conservative regions that comprise Temecula as well as Murrieta were removed from the district as well as the more liberal regions in Coachella Valley, including Palm Springs, were added to the district. Calvert's new district was viewed by Democrats as one that could be changed and early results appeared like this was an effective plan. On the 9th of November, Calvert trailed Rollins by more than 10,000 votes. At the end of the weekend, Calvert had accumulated a small advantage over Rollins and the Monday vote dump enabled Calvert to boost his lead to 2,108.

The victory brings the GOP House's total to 217 seats, one seat short of the majority. Important California races that are yet to be named including CA-06 (Kevin Kiley against. Kermit Jones), CA-13 (John Duarte v. Adam Gray), CA-21 (David Valadao v. Rudy Salas), CA-27 (Mike Garcia v. Christy Smith), and CA-47 (Katie Porter v. Scott Baugh).

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