After President Donald Trump’s endorsement, Republican candidate Mike Garcia wins congressional seat from Democrats in California for the first time since 1998.

May 13, 2020

For the first time in more than two decades, a Republican has a won a congressional seat in the blue State of California, after Democrat Christy Smith conceded the special election to Garcia.

The election took place to fill Democrat Katie Hill’s vacant seat. Hill resigned in October of last year amid allegations of inappropriate relationships with staff members.

On Wednesday, the former navy fighter pilot held a very comfortable lead of 56% of the vote to Smith’s 44%. This is a stark contrast to 2018’s midterm elections where Republicans lost the House of Representatives seat by almost double.

State assemblywoman Smith, offered her congratulations to Garcia, acknowledging the tally that showed him as the likely winner in the 25th congressional district.

Garcia and Smith will face off again during this November’s general election, to compete for a full two-year term in the seat.

The results did not discourage Smith. “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 said, adding that “There is no doubt in my mind that together, we will prevail in the fall general election.”

California is a major Liberal (blue) State, where they currently control 47 of the California’s 53 congressional districts.

President Donald Trump congratulated Garcia for his victory, stating: “Big Congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats. 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!”