2 Korean Americans Win U.S. House Seats

  • By Park Keon-hyung

    November 09, 2018 11:50

    Two Korean Americans won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in mid-term elections on Tuesday.

    They are Republican Young Kim (56), who ran in the 39th congressional district of California, and Democrat Andy Kim (36), who ran in the third congressional district of New Jersey.

    Young Kim (center), the Republican candidate for the 39th Congressional District in California, greets supporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday. /AP-Yonhap

    Young Kim becomes the first Korean-American woman in the House. She overcame strong competition for the candidacy from Gil Cisneros, who won the mega-million lottery in 2010 and spent heavily on his campaign.

    Andy Kim was still behind rival Tom MacArthur, who was running for his third term, with 48.9 percent to 49.8 percent when 99 percent of the votes had been counted but then surged ahead on absentee votes and some unopened ballot boxes.

    Andy Kim, the Democratic candidate for the third congressional district of New Jersey, celebrates his win with his family on Wednesday in this photo posted on his Facebook page.

    As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the newcomer was ahead of MacArthur by 0.9 percentage points and remains the likely winner since the unopened ballots mostly came from districts that support him.

    Kim, a Middle East expert who served on the National Security Council in Obama administration, will be the first Korean-American Democrat in the House.

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