Updated Nov 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy

David Valadao, Republican who voted to impeach Trump, wins re-election

Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., arrives for the House GOP caucus meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Rep. David Valadao on Capitol Hill in September. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) beat Democratic challenger Rudy Salas to win California's 22nd Congressional District, AP reported late Monday.

Why it matters: Valadao was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted last year to impeach former President Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

By the numbers: Valadao had secured 52% of the votes to Salas' 48% with 98% of the ballots counted late Monday, per AP.

The big picture: Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) is the other House Republican to back impeaching Trump to be re-elected.

  • The eight others either chose retirement or lost their GOP primaries, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

What they're saying: "I am extremely humbled & grateful for my family, our hard-working campaign team, dedicated volunteers & donors for pouring their hearts into this race," Salas tweeted Tuesday.

  • "Despite being massively outspent, we came just 3 points short of the election outcome we had hoped for," he added.

Flashback: Dems hit Republicans from the right with "Trump traitor" ads

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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