Republican Mike Garcia will turn California’s 25th district back to red in the special election as he has a 56 percent lead
California’s 25th congressional district could turn red when Republican Mike Garcia took the lead over his democratic competitor in the special congressional elections.
While no winner has yet been announced, Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, retained 56 percent when the count was suspended early Wednesday morning.
Democrat Christy Smith, a California state assembly, had 44 percent of the vote when counting was interrupted.
“I will not be giving a victory speech tonight,” Garcia said in a conversation with supporters on Tuesday evening while retaining his lead. “Hopefully we’ll save that tomorrow night.”
Garcia and Smith are doing well in the special election for the seat of former Katie Hill representative, who she resigned last year after admitting she had an inappropriate relationship with her Financial Director Graham Kelly campaign.
She also faced widespread reactions after disclosures of her ‘throuple’ relationship with her husband and congressman, 24-year-old Morgan Desjardins, emerged.
Hill, 32, helped turn the house blue when she flipped California’s 25th district after defeating two-year-old Republican incumbent Stephen Knight in 2018. It was also the first time since 1992 that a Democrat was elected to the northern suburb of Los Angeles – although the area was redistributed several times during that period.
In those elections, Hill won 54.4 percent of the vote to King’s 45.6 percent – roughly the same margin Garcia achieved in the current special election.
The election between Garcia and Smith is one of the first indicators of the electorate’s vote since the coronavirus outbreak turned the nation on its head. It follows the special election earlier Tuesday in the 7th district of Wisconsin, where Republicans easily held their seat after Representative Sean Duffy convicted it last year.
Tom Tiffany, a state senator, won in the highly conservative district and was supported by President Donald Trump.
The district seat remained vacant after Democratic Representative Katie Hill resigned last year after disclosures of her inappropriate relationships with campaign and convention officials emerged.
Democrat Assembly Christy Smith was out to keep the chair blue, but is left with 44 percent of the vote because counting is suspended Tuesday morning and will end Wednesday
Voters appeared in masks to vote in one of the first election indicators of the electorate’s vote since the corona virus outbreak
In California, Democrats had the advantage in the election with nearly 30,000 more registered voters – but the results have undoubtedly been influenced by the coronavirus crisis, and the electorate has skewed to older and less diverse over the years, favoring Republican candidates.
To date, 1430,000 votes have been counted, and the total is on track to surpass voter latest voter turnout in special elections in the region.
Hillary Clinton won the 25th district of California with 7 points in the 2016 election.
In the first round of the election, which was held in the same ballot as the state presidential election on Tuesday, March 3, Smith finished first with 36 percent of the vote.
However, she didn’t earn enough votes to round out the race by a majority.
Garcia defeated Knight, the former congressman who competed for his backrest, by 25 percent to 17 percent.
Trump is also unpopular in the district, but he still endorsed Garcia on Twitter.
Hill, 32, was in a ‘couple’ with her husband Kenny Heslep (right) and her 24-year-old congressman Morgan Desjardins (center), whom she kept during her campaign and ended a few months after taking office
Hill also had a relationship with her Financial Director Graham Kelly campaign (left), pictured here with Hill (center) and Dejardins (right)
It is possible that the neighborhood would have remained blue if Hill had retained her seat in the house, a potential that was highly unlikely after discovering she had intimate relationships with a campaign worker and a conference worker separately.
Hill and her husband, Kenny Heslep, had a throuple-style relationship with congressman Morgan Desjardins – and it ran through her campaign and in office for the first few months.
Photos of the three together were shared exclusively with The Daily Mail, including nude photos, which revealed an ‘iron cross’ tattoo at Hill’s bikini line and a photo of her holding a bong with cloudy liquid in it.