Gil Cisneros to face Young Kim in rematch of 2018 House race in California

Gil Cisneros to face Young Kim in rematch of 2018 House race in California
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Rep. Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (D-Calif.) is slated for a rematch in November against Republican Young Kim after they both secured spots in the all-party primary on Tuesday.
 
Cisneros narrowly flipped the Orange County-area district from red to blue in 2018 after longtime GOP incumbent Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceGil Cisneros to face Young Kim in rematch of 2018 House race in California The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia MORE retired.

The district became a top target for Democrats during the 2018 midterms after former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states California Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate MORE carried it in 2016.

It took more than a week for the competitive race to be called in 2018. Cisneros ultimately defeated Kim, a former member of the state assembly, by about 3 points.

Cisneros, a Navy veteran, was among the seven freshman lawmakers with national security backgrounds who wrote a Washington Post op-ed calling for an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political opponents.

The Cook Political Report currently rates the race as "lean Democratic."