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California Republican Mike Garcia declares victory in Democrat Katie Hill’s former district

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Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia declared victory Friday in a slender race in Southern California with 1000’s of ballots left to be counted. 

If Garcia’s 400-vote lead holds, the state’s 25th Congressional District would be the third Home district in California that Republicans have been capable of flip again following the 2018 blue wave, in accordance with FOX 11 Los Angeles reporter Invoice Melugin.

The seat, a former Republican stronghold that spans elements of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, was flipped blue by Democrat Katie Hill in 2018 — however she finally resigned from Congress final yr over a nude photograph 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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U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif. (Associated Press)

U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif. (Related Press)

“After an extended, powerful struggle, I’m proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for an additional two years,” Garcia stated Friday night in an announcement, in accordance with the Los Angeles Day by day Information. “With only some remaining ballots to be counted, victory is evident.”

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Garcia widened his lead a little bit 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 back-and-forth race at occasions. The outcomes are about 87% in, in accordance with The Related Press. She has not conceded. 

In California, mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day can arrive as late as Friday and nonetheless be counted.

Smith, in the meantime, referred to as Garcia’s victory celebration “harmful to the democratic course of.”

“With a mere 400-vote margin and 1000’s 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 stated in an announcement, in accordance with the Day by day Information.

Garcia already beat Smith as soon as in a particular election in Could.

Smith wrote “Endurance is a advantage,” on her Twitter feed Friday night time.

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Election officers will give the following replace Tuesday and the outcomes shall be licensed by the tip of the month, in accordance with the Day by day Information.

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