U.S. House District 25: What The Results Tell Us So Far About Who Will Replace Katie Hill
Keep in mind that even after all precincts have been counted, there will still be ballots to count. In some cases, it could be weeks before the official outcome is clear.
The top two candidates will face a runoff in May for the special election to fill the rest of U.S. Representative Katie Hill's term. Hill resigned last fall amid controversy.
Voters also chose their candidates in the regular primary for the new term starting in 2021.
The district, which spans northern Los Angeles County and includes parts of Ventura County, flipped from red to blue with Hill's win in 2018, helping Democrats take control of the House.
Democratic candidate Christy Smith told supporters Tuesday night that the country is watching what happens in the 25th:
“They will be seeing what we do here as a bellwether for what happens in November. Can we hold the House? Can we potentially flip the Senate? Can we get ourselves on that path to that better day that we have all been feeling the need for since 2016?”
Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mike Garcia, who’s won local GOP support, is planning a “coffee celebration” for Wednesday morning.
Hill was a rising star among Democrats in Congress when conservative websites published intimate photos of her without her consent. She faced a House ethics investigation into allegations of an affair with a congressional staffer, which Hill denied.
A dozen candidates were competing for the seat.