Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia declared victory Friday in a slim race in Southern California with hundreds of ballots left to be counted.
If Garcia’s 400-plus-vote lead holds, the state’s 25th Congressional District would be the third Home district in California that Republicans had been capable of flip again following the 2018 blue wave, in keeping with FOX 11 Los Angeles reporter Invoice Melugin.
The seat, a former Republican stronghold that spans components of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, was flipped blue by Democrat Katie Hill in 2018 — however she finally resigned from Congress final 12 months over a nude picture scandal.
The state’s 21st District additionally seems more likely to flip Republican, which might give the GOP 4 extra seats within the state.
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“After a protracted, robust combat, I’m proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for one more two years,” Garcia mentioned Friday night in a press release, in keeping with the Los Angeles Every day Information. “With only some remaining ballots to be counted, victory is evident.”
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Garcia widened his lead a bit of since final Friday — when he led by round 150 votes — to round 400 votes as of 9 p.m. PT Friday.
Garcia’s Democratic opponent, Assemblywoman Christy Smith, has additionally led the forwards and backwards race at occasions. The outcomes are about 87% in, in keeping with The Related Press.
In California, mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day can arrive as late as Friday and nonetheless be counted.
Smith, in the meantime, known as Garcia’s victory celebration “harmful to the democratic course of.”
“With a mere 400-vote margin and hundreds of ballots excellent, election officers are diligently working to course of ballots and precisely rely all excellent votes to make sure our communities are heard, and this race stays too near name,” Smith mentioned in a press release, in keeping with the Every day Information.
Garcia already beat Smith as soon as in a particular election final summer time.
Smith wrote “Persistence is a advantage,” on her Twitter feed Friday night time.
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Election officers will give the subsequent replace Tuesday and the outcomes shall be licensed by the top of the month, in keeping with the Every day Information.