Republican Mike Garcia wins CA-25 special election

This undated photo provided by the Mike Garcia For Congress campaign shows Mike Garcia. (Cynthia Smalley/Mike Garcia For Congress via AP)

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UPDATED 6:50 AM PT — Thursday, May 14, 2020

Republican Mike Garcia has claimed victory in California, flipping the state’s 25th District seat from blue to red. On Wednesday, his Democrat opponent Christy Smith conceded the special election race and congratulated her rival. She is now setting her sights on the general election in the fall.

The swing district’s seat used to belong to former congresswoman Katie Hill before she resigned from Congress in October over a sex scandal.

Earlier this week, President Trump endorsed Garcia by highlighting the Republicans previous military service, his stance on crime as well as border security and gun rights.

During a meeting at the White House before Smith conceded, President Trump celebrated Garcia’s successful campaign while raising concerns about the legitimacy of mail-in ballots.

Garcia will now serve the remainder of Hill’s term, which ends in January. He will face off against Smith again in November to determine who will serve the full term starting in 2021.

Arjan Walia votes during a special election for California’s 25th Congressional District seat Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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