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California Updates: Pakistani American Dr. Asif Mahmood Loses U.S. House Race From 40th District

California Updates: Pakistani American Dr. Asif Mahmood Loses U.S. House Race From 40th District

  • Meanwhile, still undecided are the state races of Fatima Iqbal-Zubair in California’s 65th House District, and Priya Sundareshan from Arizona’s 18th Senate District.

Pakistani American physician Dr. Asif Mahmood has lost his bid to the U.S. Congress from California’s 40th House District. He lost to Republican Rep. Young Kim. Although the Associated Press has called the race, official results are expected to take longer. With 63 percent of the votes counted, the Pakistani American pulmonologist had 77,939 or 41.5 percent of the votes, while Kim got 109,992 or 58.5 percent, The New York Times data revealed.

The new 40th District covers eastern Orange County, from Yorba Linda to Rancho Mission Viejo, plus Chino Hills in San Bernardino County. “It was formed during redistricting in December, but includes portions of two former districts (CA-39 and CA-45) that have been swing seats in the past two elections,” as reported by the Orange County Register. The affluent, suburban district was “a target for filliping” by the Democrats,” The Los Angeles Times noted, “despite Republicans’ more than 4-percentage-point voter registration advantage.”

Mahmood hasn’t conceded yet. On Nov. 9, he tweeted calling for every ballot to be counted. “With more ballots to be counted, we believe there’s a path to victory,” he wrote. “We are committed to see every vote to be counted through because the stakes of this election are way too important.”

He is a practicing physician for internal medicine and pulmonary diseases at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena since 2000 and was previously chief of staff at the Greater El Monte Hospital. He is a member of the board of directors of the East Los Angeles College Foundation and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, United States Western Region.

A day earlier, Nov. 8, he tweeted: “Thank you to everyone who has made this race special and been a part of our team. When I started this race, I could never have imagined what we’d build. I’m so grateful for the community of people from all corners of our country who stepped up to make this happen.”

In the newly drawn 16th Congressional District, Saratoga City Councilmember Rishi Kumar lost to Rep. Anna Eshoo, the longest-serving Congress member representing portions of Santa Clara County. With 49 percent of the votes in, Eshoo had 59.7 percent of the votes, compared to Kumar’s 40.3 percent, according to the San Mateo Daily Journal. 

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In the 17th Congressional District, Ro Khanna was re-elected to a fourth term. He defeated a familiar opponent, Republican Ritesh Tandon.

In the state Assembly race, Sri Lankan American Democrat Fatima Iqbal-Zubair is locked in a race with incumbent Democrat Mike Anthony Gispon in the 65th House District. The New York Times data shows her trailing behind her the incumbent. So far 59 percent of the votes are counted. The Dubai-born Iqbal-Zubair immigrated with her family to Canada and eventually to the United States to find a haven away from the Gulf War.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, Democrat Priya Sundareshan is facing Republican Stan Caine for a State Senate seat from the 18th District. As of today, Sundareshan, an environmental law professor at the University of Arizona, has 62 percent of the votes, while Caine is trailing behind with 38 percent, according to The NewYork Times. Seventy-three percent of the votes have been counted. reports that Sundareshan is among two Democrats who “hold double-digit leads and a third is running neck-and-neck with a MAGA candidate in a trio of state senate races in the Tucson area.”

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