Record 42 Latinos to serve in Congress; 1 race undecided

Record 42 Latinos to serve in Congress; 1 race undecided
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R- Wash. talks with the media at the Clark County Public Service Center after early election results Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Vancouver, Wash. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Latinos will serve in Congress next year than ever before — at least 42, with one House race to be decided.

The latest winner is GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who claimed victory Wednesday for a fifth term over Democrat Carolyn Long.

In the race for an open seat in a GOP-held district that includes part of Orange County, California, Democrat Gil Cisneros trails Republican Young Kim, who’s trying to become the first Korean-American immigrant woman elected to the House. Cisneros is a first-time candidate who won a million lottery jackpot.

Thirty-three of 44 Latino Democratic candidates and seven of 15 Latino Republican candidates won their races.

Two Latino senators weren’t on Tuesday’s ballot: Florida Republican Marco Rubio and Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto.