Incumbent Jim Costa, a seasoned politician, beat Elizabeth Heng 54.4 percent to 45.6 percent, according to the State’s primary results.
The appeal was made at a meeting of the Overseas Khmer Summit (OKS) in Washington, DC, attended by Cambodian-Americans from several US states.
President Trump’s Republican Party had held the balance of power in all three branches of government prior to the vote, which saw the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives.
Bopha Malone lost her bid to become a Democratic candidate but she was part of a wave of women running for office, a move that “inspired” younger women in the community to follow her.
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In her first run for office, Republican Elizabeth Heng, 33, is taking on Democrat Jim Costa, 66, who is likely to win once again in the 16th Congressional District
The long-serving Washington Khmer community leader Tun Sovan recently retired from his community leader role after some four decades of public service.
More than 500 other Cambodians have already been repatriated.
The three men were all facing deportation to Cambodia despite having served their sentences and living in the US as lawful permanent residents.
At the annual Overseas Khmer Summit (OKS), rights activists and academics in the Cambodian diaspora denounced the election and appealed to the international community to intervene.
The second annual Overseas Khmer Summit will focus on “unity, peace, continuity, and prosperity”.