Republicans Win Rare Prize in California

Republicans are taking a victory lap after their candidate in a special election flipped a congressional seat previously held by Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, giving the GOP a sense of momentum after losing seven California seats two years ago.

But Republican Mike Garcia’s win over Democrat Christy Smith might not signal a red wave in November when President Donald Trump will be on the ballot, election experts said.

“As with all special elections, I’d urge caution about projecting the results forward to the fall,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of the nonpartisan political predicting site Sabato’s Crystal Ball. “The format of this election appeared to benefit Republicans; turnout should be much higher in the fall with the presidential race on the ballot.”

Congressman-elect Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, defeated Assemblywoman Smith in the special election for California’s 25th congressional district. Tuesday. Smith conceded the race Wednesday afternoon.

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