Santa Clarita, Calif. (PPD) — Republican Mike Garcia leads Democrat Christy Smith by 12 points in the special election for California’s 25th Congressional District (CA-25). This contest was to fill the vacancy left by former Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., who resigned in disgrace amid a sex scandal involving her staffers.
Mr. Garcia, a graduate of Annapolis and veteran aviator-turned-contractor, leads with 56% of the vote with 76% reporting. State Rep. Smith, a former school board member and longtime local official, trails with 44% of the vote.
At time of writing, the percentage of vote reported ticked higher from 73% to 76%. It did not tighten the margin, though it is expected to tighten as late, harvested and provisional ballots historically lean heavily Democratic.
Republican Melissa Melendez is also leading 56% to 44% in the election for California Senate District 28. CA-SD-28 is largely Riverside. If the leads hold for Republicans in these two races and the , they’ll boast a flip.
Meanwhile, Republican Tom Tiffany easily defeated Tricia Zunker in the special election for Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District (WI-7). This contest was to fill the vacancy left by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., who resigned for family reasons.