A former Navy combat pilot helped the Republican Party regain a northern Californian seat after the Democrats held it for decades.
Republican candidate Mike Garcia has ousted incumbent Rep. Christy Smith (D-Calif.) at the special election race for the Golden State’s 25th Congressional District on May 12.
At the time of publication, Garcia led with more than 80,330 votes compared to Smith’s 62,990. The result put the Republican 12 percentage points ahead of his rival with 56 percent of the vote according to Ballotpedia. The victory represented the GOP’s first victory against the Democratic Party in the district since 1998.
Garcia confirmed he was ready to start work immediately.
“I am ready to go to work right away for the citizens of the 25th Congressional District,” he said.
Garcia described the outcome of the election as a clear message that northern Californians are tired of left-leaning politics and want a more conservative style of governing based on his election slogan of “constitution, capitalism, and competition.”
“After seeing more results last night, it is clear that our message of lower taxes and ensuring we do not take liberal Sacramento dysfunction to Washington prevailed,” he said on Twitter.
He blamed the Democrats for focusing too much on ousting President Donald Trump instead of representing their constituents more on local matters, and promised to raise these more important issues in Congress.
“For too long, the people of our district have not had representation, and it is time their voice is heard in Washington,” he said.
Garcia expressed sympathy toward businesses and households that have suffered financially and experienced the grief of losing a loved one to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus pandemic. He vowed to do everything in his power to help his congressional district return to prosperity.
“These are difficult times and too much is at stake—our small businesses, our workers, and our families need all the help they can get,” he said.
News of Garcia’s historic victory reached the Oval Office, prompting the president to commend him on an outstanding effort.
“Big congressional win in California for Mike Garcia, taking back a seat from the Democrats,” the president said on Twitter. “This is the first time in many years that a California Dem seat has flipped back to a Republican.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) also congratulated Garcia on making the transition from military service to serving his country on Capitol Hill.
“So proud of Navy combat vet Mike Garcia for his outstanding election night,” she said on Twitter. “Proud to support him! I know he worked incredibly hard. A lot of swing district [and] newly elected [Republicans.] House Dems nervously watched these results—big trouble for [Democratic House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi.”
The results came after what Fox News described to be record-breaking votes for Republican candidate Tom Tiffany who ousted Democratic incumbent Tricia Zunker in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District on May 12.
At the time of publication, Tiffany had more than 109,590 votes compared to Zunker’s 81,950. The result gave the Republican candidate a 14.4 percent lead over his Democratic rival according to Ballotpedia.
The president expressed confidence in the newly elected and believed he would serve his constituents well.
“Big news: Tom Tiffany of the Great State of Wisconsin has just become Congressman Tom Tiffany,” he said on Twitter. “He will do a fantastic job for the people of Wisconsin, and the United States–congratulations.”