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4th congressional district Himes beats Arora to win 6th term

November 7, 2018

STAMFORD — Rep. Jim Himes won re-election over challenger Harry Arora, as results started coming in Tuesday night.

The final vote results were still unavailable late Tuesday, but the Associated Press called the race in Himes’ favor shortly before 10 p.m.

Democratic organizers at the Sheraton Stamford had anticipated victory and a sixth term in office for Himes, a Greenwich resident.

Himes, mounting the podium with family members, called for Americans to come together and fight the divisiveness he said was coming from the White House.

“Today it’s about winning, but tomorrow it’s about coming together,” said Himes.

The re-elected representative said it was a “pretty dark cloud” for Democrats two years ago, when President Donald Trump was elected. He said it was up to Democrats in the House of Representatives to provide a counter-weight to Trump’s executive authority.

“We are going to do what the Constitution set out for us to do — provide checks and balances on the power of the president,” he said.

Himes also sounded a note of unity, not partisanship in his victory speech. “We are all Americans, and we extend a hand to each other, and we help each other,” Himes said,

Himes chairs a national coalition of moderate Democrats and is a member of the House Committees on Financial Services and Intelligence. Born in Peru, Himes speaks Spanish and worked at Goldman Sachs in Latin America. Following his career in finance, he entered the field of non-profits and affordable housing, through the Enterprise Community Partners, prior to his election in 2008.

Before 2008, the 4th District Congressional seat was held by Republicans since 1989.

Arora trailed Himes in fundraising throughout the race. Arora, who immigrated to the U.S. from India, is a commodities trader who launched a Greenwich hedge fund after working at Enron and Amaranth Advisors. This was his first run for public office.

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