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Eleven Portuguese win local, state and federal races

Eleven Luso-Americans won critical races in California, the state where they reside most powerfully throughout the United States, including three seats in Congress and a seat in the state assembly in the midterm elections this Tuesday.

The three Luso-American congressmen, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes and David Valadão, won reelection with a wide margin, confirming the favouritism given by the polls. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry won the race for the state assembly for the 4th district and seven Luso-Americans won seats on the boards of several cities.

Of the three federal offices, Republican Devin Nunes received the most votes: a total of 75,111 voters chose the Portuguese descendant the 22nd district, giving him a 55.8% preference over Democrat Andrew Janz (44.2%).

Democrat Jim Costa secured his seat in the 16th Congressional House of Representatives with 44,769 votes, beating Republican Elizabeth Heng by 54.4% against 45.6%.

In the 21st district, David Valadão won with 35,416 votes, or 53.7% of the total, surpassing Democrat TJ Cox, who finished with 46.3%.

Of the two Luso-Americans who ran to the state assembly, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry won in the 4th district, with an expressive vote: 73.5% of the votes. Republican Justin Mendes lost in the 32nd district against Democrat Rudy Salas, 47.5% -52.5%.

Among the 15 candidates for city councils, important positions at the local level, won seven: Dennis Mederos in Tulare (55.86%), Cherilyn Bairos in Oakdale (41.4%), Tim Silva in Barstow (53.16%), Ed Alves in Escalon (23.75%), Dan Tavares Arriola in Tracy (22.31%), Tom Faria in Los Banos (61.7%) and Eugene Anthony Costa Jr. in Guadeloupe (20.71%).

The five major candidates lost everyone: Zachery Ramos in Gustine, Brad Bates and Gary Soiseth in Turlock, Steve Nunes in Ferndale and Gordon Machado in Hollister.

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