Incumbent Garcia Holds 432-Vote Lead In Congressional Race

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Republican Rep. Mike Garcia holds a 432-vote lead today over Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith in the race for a northern Los Angeles County congressional seat.

Garcia leads 50.1%-49.9%, 148,916-148,484, according to figures released by the Secretary of State's Office Friday. Updated figures are expected to be released Monday afternoon.

Vote by mail ballots will continue to be accepted through Nov. 20 if they were postmarked by Tuesday.

Smith led by 1,722 votes Wednesday and 256 votes Thursday in the district that stretches from the Antelope Valley into Ventura County.

Smith, D-Santa Clarita, tweeted a request for donations Saturday for a fund to pay for a recount, if needed.

Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, defeated Smith, 54.86%-45.14%, 95,667-78,721, in a May 12 special election to fill the final 7 1/2 months of the term of former Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, who resigned following the online release of salacious photos and allegations of an extramarital affair with a staff member.

The seat had long been held by Republicans until Hill's 2018 victory over then-Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale.

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