Darrell Issa heading back to Congress with 50th District win

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 21:40:36-05

(KGTV) -- Republican Darrell Issa is heading back to Congress after securing victory over Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar in the 50th Congressional District.

Issa claimed 54% of votes (168,220 votes), over Campa-Najjar's 46% of votes (144,975 votes).

In a statement Saturday, Campa-Najjar thanked supporters and congratulated Issa on winning the district.

“I’ll be addressing CA50 voters and supporters in the coming days. Together, we outperformed the top of the ticket in this Republican district by inspiring first-time voters and crossover voters. I'm incredibly proud of how this campaign left no one out, took no one for granted, and brought this community closer together.

We withstood relentless attacks on my heritage from a three-headed opponent: Issa, Trump, and Hunter Sr.

We even outperformed some frontline seats despite them being better financed and in more Democratic leaning districts.

So to my supporters, thank you for the honor of a lifetime. For giving a Latino-Arab American a chance to do something special. To the young people and those young at heart, to the Mexican Americans and Palestinian Americans who felt inspired by this campaign — don’t give up, stay in the arena. I know I will.

And to those Trump voters who gave me a chance, I ask you give Biden the same chance to be America’s President. And to Darrell Issa, I congratulate him on a hard-fought campaign, and look forward to working with him in service of the district I love.”

Issa served nine terms in the 49th Congressional District before announcing he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2018. Democrat Mike Levin was elected to fill the seat.

Throughout his time in Congress, Issa served as Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2011-2015.

Issa was also nominated in 2018 by President Trump to be Director of the US Trade and Development Agency.

Campa-Najjar worked for the Obama Administration in the Executive Office of the President. He ran for the 50th District in 2018.