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GOP candidate Mike Garcia won a special election for a U.S. House seat in California, the first flip from Democrat to Republican in the Golden State since 1988.
First-time candidate Garcia prevailed over Democrat Christy Smith in the 25th Congressional district by approximately 11 points in the election that was scheduled after disgraced U.S. Rep Katie Hill stepped down.
Garcia’s win is particularly notable in that California could arguably be the epicenter of voter fraud, with state officials handing out ballots like Halloween candy, plus a devious practice known as ballot harvesting which miraculously seems to favor Democrats.
Garcia’s approximately 12-percent margin of victory was enough to stop the steal, however, and puts him in a strong position to retain the seat that serves northern Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County in November.
Although it was supposed to be a mail-in election only, Democrats were apparently so worried about Garcia’s momentum that they set up an in-person voting center in a Democrat-heavy portion of the district, despite California’s strict lockdown.
In a Fox & Friends interview, the decorated U.S. Navy Pilot and U.S. Naval Academy graduate who served in Iraq acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic changed the campaign and may mean that Los Angeles-area voters are waking up, especially given the economic dislocation from the lockdown in the solid blue state:
“You know, it changed the dynamic quite a bit. Not being able to campaign, and we pivoted early on, even before the lockdown orders were made to virtual town halls, and we actually did a very good job of still reaching out to the constituents and still reaching out to the folks talking about the issues talking about the messaging, and you know, being a political outsider and not being a professional politician, especially in a time when small businesses are hurting, and taxpayers are hurting, the message of helping small businesses being pro-growth and pro-business and lowering taxes was resonating with folks.
“So we did a fantastic job of evolving despite the stay-at-home orders and every registered voter had a self-addressed stamped envelope sent to them with a ballot so accessibility was very high, and this is a referendum on the message, and there’s an awakening here in California.”
(Source: Fox News)
In response to whether the mail-in voting, perhaps for once, benefited a Republican, Garcia expressed the need to continue voting in person, given California’s weak ballot security:
“I think that’s still yet to be seen. The results were favorable. I think as long as you’re running hard as long as you have a good message and a good candidate and a great team you can win any election. Having in-person voting centers is extremely valuable still. I think we can do it while mitigating the risk with the COVID virus still at play.
“I don’t like the fact that there’s not a chain of custody of the mail-in ballots but at least now we have the means to track them electronically online, and you can at least see when your vote is counted so that’s a little different than in the past.”
Under the thumb of Democrats, California is a state that does not require a photo ID to vote.
Garcia added that California should be reopening for business faster than the prevailing guidelines to put area residents back to work.
“In our district, we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in our district with the large amusement park, a lot of Hollywood production and princess cruises is headquartered in our district, so I think we have the guidelines and the policies and I believe that the small business owners, the large corporations and the employees frankly are responsible enough now to start implementing those guidelines and get back to work and you know, we have the means to mitigate the risk of the spread of the virus but we also need to start looking after our economy and get people back to work and do it in a safe manner.”
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