"Republican veteran Mike Garcia held onto his lead in California's special election for the 25th Congressional District, and will become the first Republican to flip a seat held by a Democrat in the state since 1998, winning former Representative Katie Hill's seat. Garcia stopped short of a full-fledged victory speech on a call with supporters late Tuesday night, as results showed him ahead of Democratic State Assemblywoman Christy Smith by double-digits.
But by Wednesday morning, Garcia was declaring victory.
"After seeing more results last night, it is clear that our message of lower taxes and ensuring we don't take liberal Sacramento dysfunction to Washington prevailed," he said in a statement. "For too long, the people of our district have not had representation, and it's time their voice is heard in Washington."" CBSnews
His opponent has conceded the election.
Garcia is a businessman who is the son of a Mexican immigrant and who was himself a fighter pilot officer in the US Navy.
The district is 35% Hispanic.
This is the first time for a long time that a Republican has taken back a congressional seat lost to the Democrats.
All across the country people are rising up in protest against the politically useful shutdown of the economy. IMO the Democrats are hoping that government enforced unemployment will cause people in places like Philadelphia to vote for them.
Is Garcia's election a portent of outcomes that may prove the Democrats' hopes to be false. pl