Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


With Votes Still Being Tallied, Republican Mike Garcia Poised To Claw Back Katie Hill's House Seat

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

After polls closed Tuesday night, Republican Mike Garcia jumped out to a strong lead with early mail-in ballots in the 25th District special election to complete the rest of ex-Rep. Katie Hill's term in Congress.

As of this morning, Garcia was up 12 points on Democrat Christy Smith.

"I won't give a victory speech tonight," Garcia said on a conference call with supporters and members of the media. But he added, "it is looking extremely good."

Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith said in a statement it's too early to call the race. Her party has a registration advantage in the north L.A. and eastern Ventura County district, which Hill won by nine points.

Support for LAist comes from