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UPDATE: McKeon wins with more than 55% of vote

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Posted: November 7, 2012 8:43 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 10:10 a.m.

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, swept to victory in his re-election bid Tuesday, winning 55.2 percent of the vote in the redrawn 25th Congressional District.

Serving the district continuously since 1993, McKeon, 74, faced a tough challenge for the congressional seat in the form of Democratic podiatrist Lee Rogers, who attacked the congressman’s 20-year record.

Rogers collected 44.8 percent of the vote.

“Elections remind us of the common stake we as neighbors and Americans have in our future and the great possibilities that democracy provides us,” McKeon said in a statement today. “Now, more than ever, we must come together to find real, common-sense solutions to our problems.”

During a celebration at the Hyatt Regency Valencia hotel Tuesday night, McKeon thanked voters for returning him to office but also expressed dismay at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s failure to unseat Democratic President Barack Obama.

“I’m really disappointed in the fact that Gov. Romney didn’t win the presidency,” said the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “We needed his leadership to help us through these tough financial times.”

“We haven’t been able to work very well with this president,” McKeon said of Obama, noting the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s top earners are due to expire at the end of the year and the sequestration federal budget cuts due to take effect in January.

A post-election lame-duck session of Congress is due to resume next week, and both issues could come back before legislators then.

Economists warn that the combination of events could plunge the nation back into a recession.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday that urgent attention must be given to the fiscal issues when Congress comes back to work.

He said he’s “not for kicking the can down the road” and that any solution should include higher taxes on “the richest of the rich.”





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