“Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia claimed victory Friday in his back-and-forth contest with Democrat Christy Smith in the 25th District north of Los Angeles, a Southern California battleground that Democrats had captured just two years ago.
“In a statement, Garcia said “victory is clear,” given the votes remaining uncounted.
“The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race.”
Isn’t this the equivalent of calling yourself, the “President-elect”? The AP, Fox or CNN haven’t called it, so I guess not.
In this very heated race to flip a California seat back to Blue, the votes are pretty much fully counted, and each new ballot dump counted breaks against Smith and towards Garcia. Though it is still tight, the numbers and the remaining votes point to a clear victor.
The wonks on the ground in the Golden State say it’s pretty much a done deal:
You can hear Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s dentures clacking from here.
In May, Christy Smith (AD-Whiner) lost a special CA-25 election to Mike Garcia by 10 points, in her attempt to finish out disgraced Democrat Throuple Katie Hill‘s term. Smith was hoping to regain the seat in November, and the Democrat Party spent a lot of money to see this done. A valiant effort, but it appears Rep. Garcia has pulled it out once again.
Rep. Garcia was gracious enough to give her a nod in his victory speech:
“A tip of the hat to Christy Smith who ran an excellent and aggressive campaign. Running in these elections is difficult, and she did it with grace.”
Very kind of Rep. Garcia, reflecting what a gentleman he is and the type of campaign he ran. The millions of California independent contractors, freelancers, and self-employed who she hung out to dry with AB5 and AB2257 would beg to differ, which is part and parcel why she could not pull out a win. Smith’s support of “Defund the Police” in a District that is heavily active and retired law enforcement didn’t help matters either.
But Smith refuses to go quietly; she will not go gently into that good night of obscurity, and refuses to concede. In a statement which, interestingly, she did not post on her own Twitter feed, she calls Rep. Garcia’s premature call of victory “dangerous to our democratic process” “wholly inappropriate” and “disrespectful”.
Politico’s California Playbook writer Carla Marinucci posted the refusal to concede for her, and played more interference with another California race:
Interesting that this is okay for Smith to do, but President Trump is ruining democracy for generations because he refuses to concede.
But I digress…
A savvy constituent says the quiet part out loud:
And even her fans are telling Smith it’s time. Take the “L”.
Another Republican House seat held, despite prognostications from the usual suspects. Looking at you, 538. And thankfully, another nail in the coffin of the Biden-Harris “mandate”.