Republican Mike Garcia Flips Democratic Held House Seat in California Special Election

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Democratic state Assemblywoman Christy Smith conceded defeat Wednesday afternoon in California’s 25th District special election on Wednesday, congratulating her opponent, former Navy pilot Mike Garcia as the “likely victor.”

“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,” Smith said in a statement posted on Facebook. “As such, I’d like to congratulate him.”

As of late Tuesday night, with 76 percent of the vote conducted almost totally by mail, Garcia had 56 percent of the vote to Smith 44 percent and trailed by more than 17,000 votes