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Republican takes back House seat from Democrat incumbent in S. California

Republican Michelle Steel has unseated the one-term Democratic incumbent from her Southern California U.S. House district, the Associated Press has reported.

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Republican Michelle Steel has unseated the one-term Democratic incumbent from her Southern California U.S. House district, the Associated Press has reported. Steel now joins Marilyn Strickland from Washington State as the first-ever Korean American women elected to Congress.

Steel secured 51% of the vote in the 48th district, located in the once-reliably-Republican Orange County. Her opponent, Rep. Harley Rouda, was first elected the the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterms when the Democrats seized many suburban seats that used to vote more strongly Republican. Rouda ousted the 20-year GOP incumbent, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.

It is worth noting that this win for Steel marks the second time in over two decades where a GOP candidate has defeated an incumbent Democrat in the Golden State, the AP reports.

This election cycle has already seen an unprecedented amount of GOP women elected to Congress, with this latest addition upping their numbers on Capitol Hill come January.

RELATED: ‘The year of the Republican woman’: Record-Breaking Number of GOP Women elected to Congress

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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