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    POLITICS | Republican Flips Seat in Special California House Election After Democrat Concedes

    BY WIRE SERVICE

    Democrat Christy Smith has conceded to Republican Mike Garcia in the special election for the U.S. House seat left vacant when former California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill resigned amid controversy last year.

    “While it’s critical that we ensure every vote is counted and recorded, we believe that the current tally shows Mike Garcia is the likely victor in the May 12 special election. As such, I’d like to congratulate him,” Smith said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Garcia jumped to a significant early lead Tuesday night over Smith in California’s 25th district, the California secretary of state’s office said. It put Garcia’s share of the vote at 56 percent to 44 percent for Smith.

    Garcia, a businessman and Navy veteran who has never before held political office, was endorsed by President Donald Trump, while Smith, a state assembly member, had been endorsed by a number of prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

    Read the rest of the story on The Epoch Times


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