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GOP House Candidate Notches Commanding Victory in Key California Election

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Republican candidate Mike Garcia has defeated Democrat Christy Smith in the closely watched California 25th Congressional District special election.

Miracles do happen, even in deep-blue California.

As of Wednesday evening, Garcia held a commanding 56 to 44 percent lead in the vote tally.

The election was held primarily by mail-in ballots, so there is still an indeterminate amount yet to arrive and be counted, but Smith, a member of the California State Assembly, conceded the race in a message posted on Facebook.

“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. As such, I’d like to congratulate him,” Smith said.

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“That said, this is only one step in this process, and I look forward to having a vigorous debate about the issues in the upcoming November 2020 election,” she added.

Both Garcia and Smith will be on the ballot in November’s general election.

The New York Times reported that Democrats are hopeful Smith can prevail then, noting the district went for Hillary Clinton by nearly seven points in the 2016 presidential election.

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Nevertheless, Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot and combat veteran, accomplished what no Republican has managed to do in California since 1998: flip a seat from D to R.

The 25th Congressional District seat had been held by a Republican from 1993 until 2018, when former Rep. Katie Hill notched a solid win in the midterm elections.

That election cycle saw the GOP’s congressional delegation in the Golden State drop in half from 14 to seven.

Hill vacated her seat last October after a “throuple” ethics scandal.

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The district includes parts of northern Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with the communities of Santa Clarita, Lancaster and Simi Valley (home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library) the most prominent.

President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Garcia over the weekend, celebrated the victory.

“Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats,” Trump tweeted.

“This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican. Also, Tom Tiffany beat his Democrat rival BIG in Wisconsin. Two great Congressional WINS!”

Garcia tweeted on Wednesday that he’s ready to go to work.

“After seeing more results last night, it is clear that our message of lower taxes and ensuring we don’t take liberal Sacramento dysfunction to Washington prevailed,” he said in an attached statement.

Amen!

Here’s to hoping every seat lost in 2018 swings back into the GOP’s hands.

And, more importantly, that in January 2021, San Francisco’s own Nancy Pelosi has to surrender the gavel to the next Republican speaker of the House.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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