Republicans can chalk up yet another win in the House.
California GOP Rep. Mike Garcia will keep his seat in Congress after defeating Democrat challenger Christy Smith in a very tight race.
Democrat challenger concedes
Smith conceded on Monday, saying in a statement, “With final votes counted in this race, it’s clear we will not be able to close the 339-vote gap.”
“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,” she said.
— Christy Smith (@ChristyforCA25) December 1, 2020
Garcia, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, declared victory on Nov. 20, saying in a statement, “After a long, tough fight, I am proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for another two years. With only a few remaining ballots to be counted, victory is clear.”
My statement on election results: pic.twitter.com/qehimJtler
— Mike Garcia (@MikeGarcia2020) November 21, 2020
Save the country
Garcia said this week that he was motivated to run after seeing the damage done by the Democrat politicians in California. “I don’t want my country to become what California’s become and I do believe that especially in California we don’t have to hit rock bottom,” he told Fox & Friends on Tuesday.
“[T]he politicians of Sacramento have absolutely killed our state and I don’t want that to happen to our country,” he added.
The former fighter pilot first flipped the seat in a special election this spring after former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigned in a cloud of scandal. He will now serve a full term in Congress, thanks to Californians who voted red this November.
California Republicans are fighting back
Garcia is one of four Republicans who has taken back House seats from Democrats in California, following 2018’s “blue wave” in which they lost seven seats. Voters also rejected a number of important progressive ballot measures, sending a clear message to the Democrat leadership to “tone it down.” As Politico put it, 2020 “was the best year for Republicans in California in more than a decade.”
While the state is still far from turning red, it’s a reminder that there are still lots of opportunities for Republicans there, and it’s worth the effort.