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Dem Challenger Rebukes GOP Congressman’s ‘Dangerous’ Declaration Of Victory: ‘Race Remains Too Close To Call’
People wait to cast their votes at a polling station for the special election between Democratic state assemblywoman Christy Smith and Republican businessman and ex-Navy pilot Mike Garcia to replace former Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill in the state's 25th Congressional District, in Santa Clarita, California on May 12, 2020. - President Trump claimed Democrats in California of attempting to 'steal another election' and has accused Gov. Gavin Newsom of adding a last-minute polling place in a Democrat-heavy area in addition to the mail-in only option that was considered due to the Coronavirus.
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Democratic challenger Christy Smith accused Congressman Mike Garcia (R-CA) of declaring premature victory in their much-anticipated congressional race rematch on Friday evening, an action that she called “dangerous to our Democratic process.”

“Mike Garcia’s declaration of victory is dangerous to our Democratic process. With a mere 400 vote margin and thousands of ballots outstanding, election officials are diligently working to process ballots and accurately count all outstanding votes to ensure our communities are heard, and this race remains too close to call,” said Smith.

“The Congressman’s decision is wholly inappropriate, and disrespectful of those who have taken the time to vote this year,” she continued. “Our county officials and Secretary of State Alex Padilla have done a phenomenal job of protecting every voter’s right to be heard in the most challenging election of our lifetime. We owe them and especially our voters our continued patience as the process is completed.”

Smith’s response to Garcia came after the congressman declared that he had won the race on Friday evening, before major media outlets had declared a winner in the race. According to DecisionDeskHQ, a prominent elections tracker, Garcia currently holds a 400 vote lead over Smith, a narrow margin in a race where more than 300,000 have been cast. 

“After a long, tough fight, I am proud to earn the privilege of serving CA-25 for another 2 years,” Garcia tweeted to his supporters late Friday evening. “With only a few remaining ballots to be counted, victory is clear.”

Smith initially issued a milder statement an apparent response to Garcia’s victory declaration in which she simply said that “patience is a virtue.”

Back in May of 2020, Smith lost a special election to Garcia that was held after Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA), who flipped the seat blue in 2018, resigned. Garcia was the first Republican to flip a seat red in California in over two decades.

Should Garcia’s declaration of victory ultimately hold true, he will successfully have struck yet another blow in Democratic Party’s chances of bolstering its dwindling House majority. 

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