On the issues: Rep. Young Kim and Asif Mahmood on abortion, inflation and immigration

Republican Rep. Young Kim, left, and Democratic Dr. Asif Mahmood
Republican Rep. Young Kim, left, and Dr. Asif Mahmood, a Democrat, are running for a congressional seat in Orange County.
(Los Angeles Times)

Republican incumbent Rep. Young Kim and Dr. Asif Mahmood, a Democrat, are vying to represent the suburban 40th Congressional District, which lies mostly in Orange County.

The race is one of 10 key California contests in the Nov. 8 midterm election that could determine the balance of power in the House of Representatives.

These answers are drawn from a questionnaire sent to candidates in competitive California congressional races. The responses have been edited for clarity and length.


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