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Asian American Incumbents in Congress Retain Seats

Rep Tammy DuckworthAll the Asian Americans incumbents expected to win re-election in congressional and governor’s races have so far met expectations.

Rep Bobby Scott of Virginia who ran unopposed won tonight with 94.4% of the vote.

Rep Tammy Duckworth (pictured) won re-election over Republican Lawrence Kaifesh in Illinois 8th Congressional District, according to the Huffington Post.  The Iraq War veteran who is expecting a child next month won her second term after running unopposed in the Democratic Primary.

Rep Grace Meng ran unopposed and won with 71 percent of the vote. 27 percent of the voters chose to express their displeasure by leaving  their ballots blank.

In California, Rep Doris Matsui easily won re-election 71% to 29% over Joseph McCray.

Rep Judy Chu has a healthy lead over  Republican Jack Orswell in California’s District 27 55% to 45%, but only 12 percent of the votes are counted.  Chu is chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

It’s conceivable when all the votes are counted, a record 12 Asian Americans could be serving in Congress next year.

In South Carolina with 40 out of 46 counties reporting, Gov Nikki Haley easily won reelection over Democrat Vincent Sheheen 56% – 41

(This post is updated to correct Rep Duckworth’s military experience)






  1. Re: Asian American incumbents in Congress Retain seats: Writer got it wrong. She is NOT a Vietnam Veteran but a Veteran of Iraq and/or Afghanistan.


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