Democrat concedes in US House race north of LA

Christy Smith
Mike Garcia
Posted at 10:19 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 01:19:33-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democrat Christy Smith has conceded in a knife-edged loss to Republican Mike Garcia in the race for a California Congressional seat.

Smith on Monday said she couldn't close a 339-vote gap against Garcia in the 25th District north of Los Angeles.

Garcia, a former fighter pilot, recaptured a district that Democrats had only won two years ago.

He won the vacant swing district in a May special election following the resignation of Rep. Katie Hill in 2019.

After a string of 2018 losses, it's the fourth House seat that Republicans have reclaimed this year in the heavily Democratic state.