Republican leads Democrat in California special congressional election

Republican Mike Garcia leading Christy Smith in House special ...

Republican Mike Garcia led Democrat Christy Smith in preliminary results in a special congressional election in California’s 25th district, north of Los Angeles.

With about three-quarters of precincts reporting, Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot endorsed by President Trump, had 55.9 percent of the vote, while Smith, a longtime state legislator, had 44.1 percent.

With Garcia’s lead, he will take the seat vacated last year by former Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), who resigned after having a relationship with a campaign staffer.

Garcia would become the only Republican in Congress from a district that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election with more than 50 percent of the vote.

The winner will serve out Hill’s term, and both candidates plan to run again in the fall.

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