Chinese Media Hail Congressional Wins

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Three Chinese Americans, including one incumbent, claimed victory in their bids for U.S. Congress following Tuesday’s elections, the Chinese language World Journal reports.

Their victory marks a major milestone for the Chinese American community, the paper notes, representing the highest number of Chinese Americans serving in Congress at any one time.

Grace Meng, 37, handily defeated Republican City Councilman Daniel Halloran in the race for New York’s 6th Congressional District, claiming 67 percent of the vote to Halloran’s 31 percent. She is the first Asian American to represent the state in Congress.

"With the backdrop of so much loss in our neighborhoods and with so many people in need, thank you all for the victory and the trust you've placed in me," Meng told supporters after the results were announced. Her win comes as the state and region continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Tammy Duckworth won a commanding victory over her incumbent challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. Born in Bangkok to Chinese parents, Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs in combat before turning to politics.

“My victory came from grassroots campaign volunteers and workers,” said the mother of two. This was her second run for Congress.

Incumbent Rep. Judy Chu will head back to Congress for a third term, after defeating Republican challenger Jack Orswell for the 32 Congressional District in California. In her victory speech, the veteran politician thanked her supporters.

"For 27 years, I have been privileged to serve the San Gabriel Valley in elected office. Tonight, voters from this region placed their trust in me again. I will honor that trust by fighting for their needs each and every day in Congress.”

Chu said jobs and the economy are the top issues in the San Gabriel Valley. “The economy is recovering, but we still have a lot to do here to make sure there are ladders of opportunity for everyone.”