SACRAMENTO — Republican Kevin Kiley, a state legislator who became a conservative favorite for his pointed and relentless criticism of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, captured a U.S. House seat Tuesday in northeastern California.

With 83% of ballots counted, Kiley received nearly 53% of the votes to defeat Democrat Kermit Jones, a doctor and Navy veteran.

Republican Kiley captures California US House seat

FILE — State assemblyman and Republican congressional candidate Kevin Kiley speaks outside Manual Arts High School, on Sept. 13, 2021, in Los Angeles.