Republican Mike Garcia picks up Katie Hill's California seat as Dem candidate concedes race

Congratulations Congressman-elect Garcia!

In California no less!

And thank you too for all the help here President Trump!

Republican Mike Garcia picks up Katie Hill’s California seat as Dem candidate concedes race

By Gregg Re | Fox News

Democrat Christy Smith conceded the special election race for California’s 25th Congressional District to Republican Mike Garcia on Wednesday, marking the first time Republicans will retake a Democratic-held congressional seat in the state since 1998 – and, Republicans said, indicating that enthusiasm for President Trump is strong heading into the 2020 elections.

Garcia, a former Navy combat pilot, had a 12-point edge over Smith, a state assemblywoman, as of late Tuesday night in the contest for the swing-district seat vacated by Katie Hill after her resignation. Trump had declared victory on Twitter early Wednesday morning, but Smith initially held off on acknowledging defeat, as an unknown number of ballots remained uncounted.

“While it’s critical that we ensure every vote is counted and recorded, we believe that the current tally shows Mike Garcia is the likely victor in the May 12 special election,” Smith said in a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. “As such, I’d like to congratulate him.”

Trump lost the district by 6 percentage points in 2016. He went out of his way to promote Garcia in recent weeks as strong on guns and immigration, and some Democrats had hoped he would be a liability in the race. Former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democrats all lined up behind Smith. . . . .


CNN and MSNBC are Completely Disinterested in Special Election Results After GOP Victories

Posted at 7:45 pm on May 13, 2020 by Brad Slager

. . . CNN was reticent to report the winner in the California race, even well into Wednesday morning, choosing to wait until Smith officially conceded late in the day. The impression is that the race was tight enough to hold off on declaring Garcia victorious — except the final tally had Garcia easily winning with a twelve percentage point margin, a margin that had held from the first report. . . . .


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