Garcia clinched the 218th seat needed for the majority.
CA-27 incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Garcia held his seat with a victory over Democrat challenger Christy Smith, 54.2% to 45.8%.
Garcia won a special election after Democrat Rep. Katie Hill resigned in 2019, thus flipping the seat and making it the first time the GOP flipped a California seat since 1998. It stays in the GOP’s hands.
Garcia beat Smith in that 2019 special election. The district was redrawn with a slight Democratic advantage.
The Republicans poured more money into his campaign, which helped:
Mr. Garcia, who campaigned on improving the economy and national security and confronting crime, had rarely broken ranks with Republicans during the current Congress. He opposed Democrats’ huge pandemic relief measure and a bipartisan infrastructure investment measure. But over the summer, he joined 46 other Republicans in voting for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would federally recognize same-sex and interracial marriage.
Garcia’s win gives Republicans 218 seats, the number needed to have the majority in the House.
Thank you, California conservatives, for doing this!
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