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Young Kim and Republicans Aim to Fend Off Rival to Her Right in California House Race

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Much more notable: The Congressional Leadership Fund, an excellent PAC that’s aligned with Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, and is dedicated to making him speaker, has also jumped in, with much more ads attacking Raths.

After key races in Georgia, Pennsylvania and other states, here’s what we’ve learned.

The whole anti-Raths spending is now around $1 million, in line with AdImpact, the ad-tracking service — an indication of the importance of the race, for which there was scant public polling.

“Following redistricting, Young Kim has a largely latest district and it’s vital voters know that she’s the one credible conservative within the race,” said Calvin Moore, a spokesman for the Congressional Leadership Fund. “It’s a must-win race for November, and we’re going to do all we will to be sure a standout leader like Kim prevails.”

After years as a Republican stronghold, Orange County had already been shifting to the left before Donald Trump accelerated the change. In 2016, Kim lost her Orange County seat within the State Assembly to a Democrat.

In that campaign, she faced attacks comparing her to Trump, including an Auto-Tuned music video titled “Young Kim Is Like Donald Trump.” In 2018, she ran for Congress and fell short. That 12 months, Democrats flipped all seven House seats in Orange County.

After the 2018 blue wave, nevertheless, Republicans recovered a few of that lost ground. Kim and Michelle Steel, two of the primary three Korean American women in Congress, were the one Republicans to flip Orange County seats in 2020.

“It says rather a lot about how the times have modified,” Kim, whose campaign declined to make her available for an interview, told The Latest York Times after she won her 2020 race. “Our Republican Party has been very aggressive in recruiting quality candidates who occur to be women.”

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