FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, U.S. rep Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaking at a press conference, at the U. S Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.
(AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, file)
SAN DIEGO is The richest member of Congress, to keep his job.
The Republicans Darrell Issa defeated almost Marine-turned-lawyer Doug Applegate, who, after a bitter dispute in the 49th District just North of San Diego.
Unofficial returns Monday Issa holding showed a 2,348-votes-edge, with only a small number of votes left to tally. Vote-counting extended for the weeks after the election, as officials counted late incoming E-mail ballot, and those filled in at the polling stations.
For years, the face of eight-term Congressman and chief antagonist of President Barack Obama and the Democrats Hillary Clinton, leaning against hardly any competition in the Republican. District. But Donald Trump ‘ s presence at the top of the ticket and the diversification of the voters opens the possibility of a tight competition.
“I am eager to continue to work to advance the best interests of the American people, and the restoration of the focus of Washington, where it belongs: the Economic prosperity, national security, and for government accountability,” Issa said in a statement. “With our new unified government, we have the opportunity to lead the country in a new and better direction.”
The Republicans are on the way to hold at least 240 seats in the house in the next year. With Issa, to keep his seat, the only unresolved remaining races in the country, in Louisiana.
Democrats, the hope for significant gains in the election, picking up only staying six seats on election day and in the minority with 194 seats.
The political newcomer, Applegate wanted to show, Issa foot soldiers as an extremist and Trump, while Issa surrounded his rival as a fringe liberal, would more taxes, and you grab his weapons from the legal owners.
In a race in which the Democrats tried to make the connection Issa trump “the people saw him as his own guy,” said the former Issa staffer Kurt Bardella. He is so well known in the district, “it is much more difficult to tie him to someone.”
VAT returns show Clinton crushed Trump, the nation’s most populous state by almost 30 points.
The race between the car-alarm magnate, and the soldier’s legal representative was a surprise to the Applegate came within a handful of points of the increase in the veteran Congressman in the June primary.
Francine Busby, Chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic party, said no one in the party’s interest to run, because they saw no chance of winning.
“We were all said amazed, including Applegate,” Busby. “He barely had a campaign. It is only difficult for you in a area where people do not see a viable race.”
A decade ago, Republicans had a 20-point registration advantage held over the Democrats in the seaside town district, which includes rich sea enclaves to the North of San Diego, but also the densely Packed, diverse suburban communities. The double-digit margin shrank to the single digits, while the number of self-employed rose by 60 percent in that time.
Issa, the former Chairman of the House Oversight and government Reform Committee, had rolled to re-election seven times. The assets of car alarm production has been estimated at more than $250 million.