Republican Mike Garcia is proud to represent California’s 25th district for another two years. On Monday, Democrat challenger Christy Smith conceded to Rep. Garcia after a hard-fought battle for the congressional seat in northern Los Angeles County.
Rep. Garcia, a former fighter pilot and proud Trump supporter, won the seat in a special election in 2019 after Democrat Katie Hill stepped down. Hill was cornered into resigning after she publicly admitted to an affair with a campaign worker.
Though the results were not yet final Rep. Garcia declared victory on Nov. 20, complimenting Smith on a tough campaign. Smith criticized Garcia’s victory declaration claiming it was premature and “dangerous to the democratic process.”
“After a long, tough fight, I am proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for another 2 years. With only a few remaining ballots to be counted, victory is clear,” Rep. Garcia said in a statement.
My statement on election results: pic.twitter.com/qehimJtler
— Mike Garcia (@MikeGarcia2020) November 21, 2020
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Smith, a state Assembly member, had been critical of Trump and ran on a promise to deliver better health care.
“With final votes counted in this race, it’s clear we will not be able to close the 339-vote gap,” Smith said in a statement. “This is not the end result we fought for, but I am proud of the strong, grassroots campaign we ran.”
“We exhausted every possible option, and did everything within our power to ensure that every voice in this election was heard. Nonetheless, we came up short,” Smith said.
Garcia is the latest in a string of Republican representatives to win seats in the House after Democrats claimed an impending “blue wave” of Democrat victories. The recent victory marks the fourth seat Republicans were able to reclaim in California.