Rep. Mike Garcia defeats Christy Smith in L.A. County district

Republican Rep. Mike Garcia has received reelection to his northern Los Angeles County seat, dashing Democrats’ hopes they may reclaim a district the place that they had a large registration benefit. His win pushed Republicans to the bulk within the subsequent Congress.

Garcia defeated Christy Smith, a Democratic former state lawmaker whom he had bested in a 2019 particular election race and in 2020, when he received by simply 333 votes. The Related Press referred to as the race Wednesday, although official outcomes will take longer.

Garcia had declared victory every week earlier, writing in an announcement that he was “honored to be reelected to serve another two years in Congress.” He mentioned he applauded Smith for “jumping in the ring again.”

Going into the midterm cycle, California’s twenty seventh Congressional District was a tantalizing pickup alternative for Democrats. Republicans had represented the world, which incorporates the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita, for many years earlier than the 2018 blue wave broke the GOP’s streak.

Although Garcia flipped the seat again to Republican management after the Democratic incumbent resigned, redistricting and altering demographics made the world seem friendlier for Democrats. The occasion has a double-digit registration benefit within the redrawn seat, which backed Joe Biden over Donald Trump within the 2020 presidential race by 13 factors.

Regardless of the Democratic tilt of the district, nonetheless, residents’ frustrations with climbing gasoline costs and the excessive price of dwelling gave Garcia the sting. He additionally touted his background as a Navy pilot, which resonates on this area with lengthy ties to the navy and aerospace trade.

Garcia, 46, puzzled many political observers when, on Jan. 6, 2021, he objected to counting the electoral faculty votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, becoming a member of 146 different Home Republicans. The vote occurred simply hours after a mob of Trump’s supporters overran the U.S. Capitol and assaulted cops in an try to dam Biden’s win. Whereas Garcia had loads of firm within the Home GOP convention, few others had been in aggressive districts.

Democrats signaled early that they might spotlight Garcia’s vote of their marketing campaign towards him, and the congressman initially appeared on the defensive. However the focus within the race steadily shifted to different points that drove the 2022 midterms: the financial system and abortion rights. Garcia’s advertisements emphasised low taxes and his work on behalf of veterans, whereas Smith emphasised Garcia’s assist for a nationwide abortion ban.

Smith, 53, raised $3.5 million for her marketing campaign by mid-October, a substantial sum for a challenger. However the former state assemblywoman received little assistance on the airwaves from Democratic marketing campaign committees and outdoors teams, which largely prevented the costly Los Angeles media market.

On Sunday, Smith mentioned in a protracted Twitter thread that “our campaign got next to zero outside resources to fight this battle.”

“When it comes to paid comms on TV, digital and mail, without DC help to define Garcia and elevate our positive agenda, we didn’t stand a chance,” Smith mentioned. She added that with the chance that the district could be “the tipping point to hold the House, the utter lack of investment made no sense.”

Because the incumbent, Garcia had the fundraising edge, bringing in additional than $6.5 million. He additionally received a lift from the Home Republican marketing campaign arm and the tremendous PAC aligned with Home GOP chief Kevin McCarthy. In all, Garcia and his allies spent greater than $7 million on tv and digital promoting, whereas Smith spent simply shy of $1 million.